On Base, a Flag-rant Abuse of Old Glory
By Tony Perkins
The Air Force has taken homosexual activism to new heights. Despite the complaints of several airmen, Tucson’s Davis Monthan Air Force Base has come to the defense of a service member flying the rainbow flag on government property in a base home. And not just any flag, but a parody of Old Glory, with the white and red stripes replaced by rainbow colors.
Senior Airman Brian Kofage discovered the display driving through base last week and was shocked that no one had ordered it down. He reported the flag to his superiors as a violation of Title 4 of the U.S. Code which bans any alterations to the American flag. Kofage received a note back that the base would “review the issue.” Three days later, the 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office issued this reply: “The installation commander carefully considered the opinions of legal professionals and the law. The display in question is not an altered U.S. flag; therefore, its display does not violate federal law. No action will be taken.” Kofage was so stunned that he took the story to The Blaze, where it started lighting up social media. “If you’re proud of your sexuality, then please represent it,” he said, “but do not do it at the sake of insulting our nation’s flag.”
In the military’s current climate, not everyone was comfortable speaking publicly about their objections, but Kofage included them anyway. One airman, who withheld his name, was furious about the double standard. “I cannot fly a Christian flag. I cannot have a ‘Christmas’ party at work. It has to be a ‘holiday’ party. The point of this message isn’t anti-gay. It’s a fundamental shift of loyalty and allegiance. It is a political statement. I cannot publicly endorse a candidate for office while in uniform, but I can openly tell the world that I am LGBT. If they are proud of the leaps and bounds that the Department of Defense has made with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ then put up a rainbow flag and call it a day. But when you add the Union, it becomes a political statement. And that, my fellow Americans, is unacceptable.”
When the President wanted to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he didn’t talk about flying rainbow flags at Afghanistan bases or asking chaplains to perform gay “weddings.” He didn’t mention banning Christian speakers at military academies, tearing down crosses at Camp Pendleton, or pulling Scripture out of Army curriculum. No wonder the President’s approval rating has plummeted to 15% among military members! If you’d like to stand with the airmen who have sacrificed and died under the stars and stripes, contact Monthan Air Force leadership at 520-228-3398 and tell them to honor Old Glory.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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