The football field is no place for patriotism

Friday, September 2, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

American flag with peopleAn attorney believes people should be outraged that the politically-correct principal of a South Carolina high school would want to ban American flags from football games.

Travelers Rest High School Principal Lou Lavely was initially concerned that the students from Berega High, which is attended by many Hispanics, might be offended at a game between the two schools. However, after meeting with student and faculty leadership, he reversed his policy.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)"To ban the display of the American flag at a public event is something that people should be outraged about, and they were outraged about," Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus reports. "And they used their First Amendment right to express their outrage in a very constructive manner."

Dacus recalls a 2010 incident involving some California high school students who were told they could not wear American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo for fear they would offend Hispanics.

"Whether it's wearing a patriotic t-shirt or waving the American flag, no public authority, much less a school district, should ever squelch student free speech rights to express appreciation and patriotism for their country," he insists.

In the latter case, the Ninth Circuit upheld the t-shirt ban and the U.S. Supreme court rejected an appeal to hear the case.

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