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MUNCIE, Ind. ? Do you have the right to fly the American flag wherever you like?

Not if you?re living at a campground operated by the city of Muncie, Ind. (search), where the mayor has issued an executive order, effective immediately, requiring the removal of all flags at the Prairie Creek Reservoir (search) campsite...


AIR the 1st amendment says that Congress shall make no law abridging the right of free speech and nothing about prohibiting the city of Muncie, IN from doing so. What do you think?

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I think you are fortunate the flying of the nation flag is so widely and freely permitted. Here it is tightly controlled, and unless it is on or before an official building (local or central or govt.), special consent is required.

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"Here it is tightly controlled"

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Where is "here", please?

Regards, Doug in New Mexico ("New Mexico USA" it says on our license plates, because many outsiders aren't sure!)

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Hi, Clay.

This is also an issue in many communities where deed restrictions are involved. One Houston Community has taken resident to court for using "commerical" (vertical) flagpoles instead of the angled brackets on the house allowed by the rules. Personally, I think that most such restrictions shouldn't apply to the US Flag -- though if my neighbor put up a flagpole with one of those really huge flags flown at many banks and auto dealerships, I'd want something done about it. But then, they haven't done anything about him painting his house lavender Sad

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States' rights issue? Happy

Seriously: Since he seems to be aiming at a particular public park site, I'm guessing the Mayor is pre-empting a problem. E.g. left vs. right rally that might turn ugly. (I didn't read the article, myself.) They can still fly the flag in Muncie proper, right?

"What do you think?" I think it's a mistake to look to a piece of paper to give any freedom. U.S. history is full of examples to the contrary. (Black voting rights; actual freedom of Jehovah's Witnesses/Mormons/Roman Catholics to worship; etc. etc.)

I have a funny/sad incident relative to religious freedom, observed first-hand, from smalltown America if you're interested sometime. BTW you probably know what a close call it was to get the Bill of Rights into the Constitution in the first place.

Death and taxes, otherwise no guarantees in the world we live in.

Regards, Doug in New Mexico (which is in the USA ... sometimes.)

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Politicians, fat cats, forum moderators ... Happy

Regards, Doug in New Mexico (where food and prescriptions are taxed!!)

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