Thursday, May 28, 2009
American Flag Displayed Deemed Offensive
For one Arlington woman, the answer was "no" after she hung an American flag in her office just before the Memorial Day weekend.
Debbie McLucas is one of four hospital supervisors at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield. Last week, she hung a three-by-five foot American flag in the office she shares with the other supervisors.
When McLucas came to work Friday, her boss told her another supervisor had found her flag offensive. "I was just totally speechless. I was like, 'You're kidding me,'" McLucas said.
McLucas' husband and sons are former military men. Her daughter is currently serving in Iraq as a combat medic.
Stifling a cry, McLucas said, "I just wonder if all those young men and women over there are really doing this for nothing."
McLucas said the supervisor who complained has been in the United States for 14 years and is formerly from Africa. McLucas said that supervisor took down the flag herself.
"The flag and the pole had been placed on the floor," McLucas said. But McLucas also said hospital higher-ups had told her some patients' families and visitors had also complained.
"I was told it wouldn't matter if it was only one person," she said. "It would have to come down."
McLucas said hospital bosses told her as far as patriotism was concerned, the flag flying outside the hospital building would have to suffice.
"I find it very frightening because if I can't display my flag," McLucas asked, "what other freedoms will I lose before all is said and done?"
Kindred Hospital has now reversed itself. Dallas News:
Kindred Hospital and its corporate bosses in Kentucky got a lesson in patriotism Wednesday.
After a thorough roasting in the blogosphere, Kindred officials decided to let hospital supervisor Debbie McLucas put an American flag back on her office wall.
"We have invited the employee (McLucas) to put the flag back up," Kindred said in a brief press release.
The Kindred Hospital press release said the company is working to resolve this "isolated incident between two employees."
I love the wording from the hospital...they "invited" McLucas to put the flag back up.
I invite the Kindred hospital higher-ups and the "formerly from Africa" supervisor to wrap their collective lips around my anus.
However, some Quebec separatists would be offended too on the sight of the American flag or even the Canadian flag but that's another story altogether.
Just giving you a tiny bit of a hard time in jest.
It is sad so many are so offended by the flag of their countries. We have to accept these people are in the tiny but vocal minority. They are loud and obnoxious and it is their way of getting attention. I say...off with their heads!
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