“Texas Man Told to Remove American Flag Because ‘It’s a Threat to Muslims’”
I Tweeted this out a few days ago, but to address it here, let my simply repeat (in slightly altered form) what I wrote on Twitter then: unless and until this headline reads, “Texas Man Told to Remove American Flag Because ‘It’s a Threat to Muslims’; Responds by Telling Apartment Complex Manager to Go Blow a Donkey,” outrageous, PC restraints on speech, political or otherwise, will continue to grow ever more onerous.
To his credit, the occupant, Duy Tran, has refused to remove the flag, and the blowback on the rental complex has been rather enjoyable to see — including a local newscast in which it was revealed that no complaints had been filed, that other apartments boasted patriotic decorations, and that neighbors were largely supportive of the flag.
Which are fine steps forward in addressing these kind of workaday tyrannies imposed by petty tyrants. And the idiocy of living in a culture that defines its “progressivism” in the freedom to burn the American flag, and yet not in the freedom to display it, is simply too surreal to comprehend. If the American flag makes Muslims feel uncomfortable, they’re in the wrong country to begin with.
Here’s my suggestion: have local city councils begin passing ordinances that allow them to revoke commercial zoning licenses for these kinds of abuses of a citizen’s rights. You’re a freaking apartment complex, not a demi-god, after all; stop creating phony problems to insinuate your beliefs into people’s personal lives. Collect the rent, keep the pool clean, and shut the hell up — or else go find some other business to go into.
Like, for instance, becoming a “liberal” politician. Or some other kind of thief.