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Flag should not be flown upside down

Published 10:55pm Thursday, January 17, 2013

To the editor:

Today I drove my wife to Landrum, S.C. in order for her to pickup her car after having it detailed.

While at the place of business, I observed a flag of the United States of America being flown from the front of a residence on S. Lee Ave. The fact of the flag being flown is not unusual. The way in which it was displayed startled and bothered me.

The flag was being flown upside down, i.e. the stars of the union were at the bottom of the flagpole. The pole was attached to the front of the home with the staff projecting at an angle but the union of the flag was not at the peak of the staff but at the bottom.

Some people have taken to flying an upside down flag as a means of protesting something. The protest could be an election, a government policy, or any issue that the flag owner feels strongly about.

Although it is not illegal to display the flag in this manner, it may well be that the resident is just not aware of the message it sends and that being the case, I would urge the resident to fly the flag with the union at the peak of the staff.

God Bless America and pray for our armed forces.

– John Allen Albree, Columbus

  • DoNotGiveInToEvil

    I have no idea why the flag is being flown upside down at this residence.

    I have a guess, though: Maybe it’s for the 55 million babies that have been slaughtered in the womb in this country over the last 40 years? Over 3,000 per day. Death on a scale like 9/11 every. single. day. I guess that would be a reason to say we’re a nation in “distress,” wouldn’t you? Maybe we *should* be “startled and bothered” a bit? Maybe we should wake up and face the holocaust going on all around us?

    Or maybe it’s upside down for the unjust wars being fought in foreign lands under the striped banner in the name of “freedom”? Or for the police state growing like a cancer all around us in the name of “security”? There’s plenty to be worried and bothered about — if only we can see through the propaganda.

    Like I said, I don’t really know why the flag is upside down. But maybe –just maybe — the owner doesn’t view the flag as (brace yourself, national flag lovers!) something to be treated with unquestionable respect, reverence and awe? As something to be celebrated with salutes, rituals, ceremonies, always flying highest, always at position of honor, a man-made cloth to be serenaded with patriotic praise songs as if it were capable of receiving our love, devotion, trust and pledges? Maybe our flag-flying neighbors actually believe in another kingdom beyond — a kingdom not of this world? And what if they are loyal to the King of that kingdom instead of this proud earthly empire, which is surely passing away? Why should they concern themselves with what such earthly rulers teach us about the “proper treatment” of their sacred icons?

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