Condo Sends Note To Soldier Saying He Must Take American Flag Down | WHNT.com

Resident,
It has come to our attention that you have items in plain sight that are not to be visible from the parking lot…Your flag attached to stairs has to be removed ASAP!”

A city like Huntsville with a LARGE military presence seems like the last place to find something like this. I don’t know if a lousy neighbor complained or if some tinpot dictator on the homeowners association board got a burr under their saddle about “The Rules”, but wow, they kicked the hornet’s nest.

I thought we’d already fought this battle elsewhere. The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 would seem to cover this situation.

Anyone in America ought to be able to fly the American flag. (The real one, not that desecration with Obama’s face) To especially deny that to a man who raised his hand and took the oath is petty. I can see complaining if the flag has flown long enough to be shredded, but from the photo shown, it looks fine.

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This is why I live in the boonies.

5 thoughts on “Condo Sends Note To Soldier Saying He Must Take American Flag Down | WHNT.com”

  1. I’d say based on the text of the Act, it is a clear violation of the law to demand they remove the flag:
    A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent a member of the association from displaying the flag of the United States on residential property within the association with respect to which such member has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use.

    But it seems the condo association is claiming they CAN restrict it because of the next clause:
    Nothing in this Act shall be considered to permit any display or use that is inconsistent with–
    […]
    (2) any reasonable restriction pertaining to the time, place, or manner of displaying the flag of the United States necessary to protect a substantial interest of the condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association.

    The problem is, that’s so vague, it can literally mean anything. So the law may be a toothless “WE DID SOMETHING” law passed by a weasel Congress.

    One more thing that bothers me is this:
    “And here’s one thing that really bothers me, she continued, ”this person got the letter from our management team and instead of coming to the board and expressing his concern he went and posted something on two or three veteran’s sites without all the information and without us knowing anything about it and now we’re being threatened–that’s not right.”

    Really? It’s not right for him to post his side of the story without telling you? REALLY? I’m sorry, I though Freedom of Speech was also protected. I guess you’ve got a “any reasonable restriction pertaining to the time, place, or manner of practicing free speech necessary to protect a substantial interest of the condominium association” as well, huh?

    1. The property manager says she served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait, which to me means at least two tours, possibly three, and she wants the American flag taken down? She’s **considering** a waiver because “I don’t think it looks that bad”? Something doesn’t smell right.

      I don’t envy her trying to clean up this mess. It’s all over the local TV and talk radio stations, and no one is on the condo’s side. The threats are stupid and need to stop, but I don’t think you can argue that the presence of an American flag lowers property value.

  2. Flags are cremated when they are worn out, as a sign of respect. If you were to take all the flags that i see when driving around on patrol, that should have been burned long ago, and have a single cremation ceremoney, that fire would be able to be seen on Mars. Come on people, if you are going to have a flag, treat it with respect!

    On the other hand, so you remember the flag that the guy above Frasier had? Man, that was a funny episode.

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