Albany (OR) Apartment Complex Bans American Flags

Jim Clausen flies the American flag from the back of his motorcycle. He has a son in the military heading back to Iraq, and the flag - he said - is his way of showing support.

"This flag stands for all those people," said Clausen, an Oaks Apartment resident. "It stands for the people that can no longer stand - who died in wars. That's why I fly this flag."

But to Oaks Apartment management, Clausen said, the American flag symbolizes problems.

At the Oaks Apartments in Albany, the management can fly their own flag advertising one and two bedroom apartments - but residents have been told they can't fly any flags at all.

Clausen was told to remove the red, white and blue from both of his rides, or face eviction.

"It floored me," he said. "I can't believe she was saying what she was saying."
The American flag "symbolizes problems?" What in the hell are you talking about? Banning the flag symbolizes problems my friend. That man's son is serving his country, protecting our flag from threats abroad. If anyone deserves to fly the colors, it's that man.

Even long-time residents like Sharron White, who has flown a flag on her car for eight years, has been told to take it down.

White said management told her that "someone might get offended."

"I just said to her 'They'll just have to get over it,'" White said.
Amen sister.

Resident we talked to who had been approached to take down their flags all told us the same thing: that management told them the flags could be offensive because they live in a diverse community.

Attempts to find out for ourselves why management would ban flags were unsuccessful. KATU News wanted to talk to management at Oaks Apartments, but no one has returned any calls. The woman we were told had made the decision said she was "not going to answer any questions."
Coward. How can you do something that so clearly infringes upon personal liberties, and then refuse to talk about it? Can't fly the flag, because it might be offensive, since it is a diverse community? Sounds like a personal problem lady.

The mother of one soldier fighting in Iraq put up a poster in her son's apartment window when she learned of the ban. Her son's roommate said he'll risk eviction to make sure it stays.

Another Oaks Apartment resident, Judith Sherer, doesn't have a car. Instead she carries an American flag around the complex to protest the ban, and wonders if the flag pin she wears is next to be "singled out."

"If I put it on and I walk outside, what's going to happen?" Sherer muses. "Am I going to be confronted by a manager about this?"

The ban also includes sports flags and even flag stickers on cars.
Here is a nice little example of the bigger political agenda, one world, under godlessness, forcibly indivisible, with liberty and justice for the ruling few.


Post a Comment

I reserve the right to delete profane, obscene, or otherwise insulting messages. So please, keep it clean.

While you're at it, visit our message boards!