In a stunning example of political correctness gone amok, a renter in Texas is claiming he was told by his apartment complex manager that he would need to remove his American flag because it was a “threat to the Muslim community.”
The allegation comes from Duy Tran, who told KHOU, Houston, Texas that since he had friends who died for America that he wanted to show his appreciation hang old glory from his balcony at his new apartment in Webster, Texas. However, soon after he moved in he says the manager told him he would need to remove the flag.
“What really stunned me is that she said it’s a threat towards the Muslim community,” Tran told the station. “I’m not a threat toward nobody.”
According to KHOU, when they reached out to the manager for Tran’s apartment complex he chose to not specifically answer the “threat to Muslim community” claim, instead issuing a statement that simply said the flag did not conform to community guidelines.
“Such guidelines maintain the aesthetics of our apartment community and provide for the safety of all residents,” the statement said. “The apartment community already proudly displays our country’s flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community.”
The incident would not be the first time the American has been ordered removed in order to avoid offending the sensibilities of others.
In 2010, three students at Live Oak High School in the San Jose suburb of Morgan Hill, wore t-shirts emblazoned with the American flag to show their patriotism on Cinco de Mayo. During a mid-morning “brunch break” the students were told by Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez they would not be permitted to wear their shirts with the flag and they would need to either remove the shirts or turn them inside out.
After the students refused to do so they were sent to the office where they were told the school had received complaints from Hispanic students and that they needed to remove the shirts to avoid offending Hispanics on “their day.”
Following the incident, the courts ruled that the school district was within their rights to prohibit the American flag from being displayed saying the school had legitimate security concerns that the flag could spur violent acts by Hispanic students.
The judge wrote that “one Mexican student shouted, ‘F— them white boys, f— them white boys.'”