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Vet Who’s Not ‘Against The Gays’ Compares Gay Flag Flying In Local Park To KKK Flag

by David Badash on July 6, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Politics

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“Flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life”

A Korean War veteran is outraged that a gay flag was flown in his local Lafayette, Louisiana park on a government flag pole, and has enlisted a local lawmaker to draft a bill prohibiting it in the future. The flag seems to have been flown on one day to celebrate gay pride month just two days after the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on DOMA and Prop 8.

Ray Green on Friday said he “did not go overseas and fight for our country so that we could come back and be subject to something like that,” the Daily Advertiser reports:

“Several of us (veterans) feel that the flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life.”

Green said it is their right to fly the flag, but not on government property. He asked what would happen if someone wanted to fly a Ku Klux Klan flag at Girard Park.

“That has offended many, many, many veterans. It offended me,” he said.

Green said he’s not “against the gays” but is against “the act itself.”

“And I’m against the possibility of them getting together for another demonstration and taking down the American flag,” he said.

A local lawmaker, City-Parish Councilman Andy Naquin “is drafting a proposal that would limit the types of flags that could be flown on government property after receiving complaints from veterans about the hoisting of a rainbow-colored gay pride flag recently in Girard Park,” the Daily Advertiser adds:

“Government flag poles really should be meant to fly only government flags.”

Naquin said he is working with City-Parish Attorney Mike Hebert on drafting an ordinance, but has not yet discussed the matter with other councilmen. He expects the ordinance would allow only the flying of American, Louisiana and Acadian/LCG flags, and possibly Mardi Gras flags, on LCG property.

Fortunately, the local readers in Lafayette are much better informed than Mr. Green. Of the 19 comments currently posted to the article, almost all disagree with Green.

A sampling:

“How is it a poke in the eye? If the soldiers were fighting for freedom, then why is this being questioned as such? Aren’t they entitled to freedom of expression thanks to these soldiers’ bravery?”

“How is it a poke in the eye? If the soldiers were fighting for freedom, then why is this being questioned as such? Aren’t they entitled to freedom of expression thanks to these soldiers’ bravery?”

“…our government officials have bigger things to deal with then deciding who should have the privilege to fly their flag on the government owned flag pole. If they start getting into that business I am sure that a federal judge will become part of the equation in a suit challenging the constitutionality of the ordinance.

In any event, the articles provide 2 important lessons. First, bigotry and hate is apparently alive and well. Just a reminder that gay men fought right along side Mr. Green in WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and share the same pride in the freedoms in the country that he does. However, they probably do believe in freedom of expression for all and not just a select few. The second lesson: there will always be a politician willing to exploit the bigotry and hate of others for a few minutes in the spot light. That is the reason this country is in the shape it is in.”

“anyone who says he is NOT against gays, just the act, is the same as one who isn’t against blacks, just the skin.”

“How does someone compare a gay pride flag with a KKK flag??”

 

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{ 6 comments }

russellsvocation July 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

How many, many, many veterans did he poll to find out they were offended?
Well, he didn't poll me and I did my time in the service just so people COULD have this form of freedom of speech.
Does this mean his dislike and my like cancel the whole issue out and we can all go home?

SuperProudMom July 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm

He most certainly is "against the gays". It's painfully obvious in his writing!!!

“And I’m against the possibility of them getting together for another demonstration and taking down the American flag,” he said.

Since when did gay groups threaten the display of U.S. flags???

SeanLiberty13 July 6, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Uneducated trash. The KKK hates gays just like his fascist trash self does. Is that city going to return the tax dollars it gets from LGBT residents living there? No? Then suck it up ingrates. The KKK flag represents oppression and white only fascism. The Rainbow flag represents freedom. As for that ingrate vet; 1) there would be NO American army for him to serve in if the Continental Army wasn't trained by a gay man to beat the British and 2) the VA benefits he gets come out of the pockets of LGBT tax payers so respect and stop biting the hand that feeds you.

I thank him for his service. I want to respect him for serving our country, but this anti-freedom behavior means his service was in vain. Shame.

Don't pull that "I didn't serve for this" shit. My cousin is a retired Marine and he loves and supports me, our gay uncle (RIP), an dour lesbian aunt and he supports ALL LGBT rights (Equality). LGBT soldiers have served since the beginning of this country and are serving today. So he can take that shit and shove it up his bigoted fascist trash ass. Grotesque BIGOT! But what would I expect from a barbarian bigot of American Taliban country Louisiana where all reich-wing parasites have a failed education.

Lastly, I don't see him complaining about the grotesque confederate flag waving on government buildings. Hmmmmmm.

dfarley2009 July 7, 2013 at 3:21 am

As a veteran I see no reason why a gay flag can't be flown especially if it is for an event. Sure the American Flag is an important flag and no flag should be flown above it but displaying a gay flag on a flag pole is no different that displaying a POW flag on a government flag pole which I have seen done before in my military career. Sure you can argue that the POW flag and gay flag are two different things but technically they are both to bring awareness to something.
Another thing I look at is this. There would not be a government flag pole if it was not for the people's tax dollars so if you want to fly your flag then fly your flag you paid for.
Another difference though to in his argument is that the KKK is federally recognized as a hate group. I dont think they are allowed to fly a flag anywhere. The gay community is not.

BJLincoln July 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

It's this twisted thought process of extreme Christians that use the Bible as a weapon. "I fought for my freedom to discriminate and oppress, not for your freedom to fly a flag."
This is especially true of the people in the southern states. All Americans understand what we mean when we say "The South" and they continue to earn that understanding.
I wish we could pass a law to stop people like Bryan Fischer from broadcasting his hate to millions. We have input to what we want to see on social media on the internet like forcing Youtube to drop a video or Facebook from posting pages. What do we need to do to shut down a TV or Radio station for broadcasting hate and lies about any minority? There is no KKK TV network, station, or show for a reason. How can we apply that same reason to anti-gay hate groups that continue to tell lies and imply violence as an answer? Is it because they wave a Bible in our face as a shield?

Serenifly July 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

Just because someone is a veteran doesn't mean everything they say automatically deserves respect or consideration.

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