Friday, July 10, 2009

Upside-down flag: free speech?

I read in the AF Times Online today about an US flag, flown upside-down by a restaurant owner to signify "distress" at not being granted a liquor license, being taken by police.

The restaurant owner calls it theft; the ACLU calls it a violation of free speech.

I don't think the owner's situation meets the US Code's definition of distress: "The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."

Frankly, I think the owner's actions more in line with a 911 call about a fast food order than "exercising free speech" (which the 911 caller was also doing).


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