High school bans American flag at football stadium
Starnes claims to be a "Christian," though you would never know it from his smugly smarmy self-righteousness when it comes to matters of God and Country. Like almost all of his indignant rants, this one is based on half-truths and not a small measure of slanted innuendo.
The flags were banned because of thuggish behavior on the part of the aggrieved super-patriots. The home boys were playing against a team from a town with a large Hispanic component.
Last game, the flag-wavin' super-patriots waved their flags and taunted the visitors, "Go home!" "Go home!" It doesn't take much imagination to realize they meant 'go home to Mexico, you filthy beaners.'
From the Greenville News:
Berea High Principal Mike Noel issued a statement in support of Lavely.
"I am in full support of Mr. Lavely's actions at the football game on Friday night. He was protecting the greatest symbol of our nation, the American Flag. His decision was based on the premise that the American flag should not be used in a disrespectful or unsportsmanlike like manner. He made the right decision", Noel said in an email statement from the school district.
So this game, the principal said ... "No flags."
And he was right. Is right. If there is any dishonor brought to the flag and the memory of those who died 'protecting and defending the Constitution," it is in the actions of the scum who introduced racism and disrespect under the cover of the flag.
Some say, why not allow the flags and throw the offenders out. The problem with that one is ... you have them in the stadium, and rather than go peacefully, they throw a 'patriotic' tantrum, and the whole affair turns into a mess.
It's all quite Trumpian. Starnes, of course, doesn't see it that way, and is quite happy whipping the masses into a frenzy. It's all very "Christian" in a Trumpian sort of way.
High school reverses ban on American flags
... He [the principal]based this decision on current students’ request that he judge them on their own merits and not based on the actions of past students. As a result, effective immediately, students are allowed to bring the American Flag to any and all Travelers Rest High School events. Instead of restricting possession of the flag, the TRHS administration will, if needed, address the misuse of the Flag, or any other inappropriate behavior, on an individual basis.
The students admit that they - some of them - were involved in dishonoring the flag by using it as a screen for racism and thuggery. That is what prompted the ban in the first place. Starnes glosses right over that, and in Goebbelsian manner, whips the masses to a 'patriotic' frenzy. Let's see what happens if they engage in their SA Brown Shirt behaviors again.
Trump is missing a bet by not offering Starnes his Minister of Propaganda - oooops - 'communications director' position.
Given the mindlessness behind a lot of this 'patriotic' fervor, what's the liklihood of the cops trying to toss the misbehaving thugs, and in the process inciting a bunch of other thugs - all flag-wavin' All-American super-patriots, of course - into a full-fledged riot.
The principal did the right thing. The problem is not the principal; it is the rude, boorish buffoons who think hiding behind the flag while screaming racist insults is 'patriotism.
Rather than condemn the principal, parents should teach their kids manners and respect for others - and respect for the flag and what it represents.