R.I. Town Manager Forbids the Flying of the Gadsden Flag (Dont tread on me)

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    Gadsden Flag Now Officially "Offensive" In America

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    WARREN, RI — The Warren Fire Department drew fire Friday morning when members raised one of the nation’s oldest - but these days, controversial - flags from one of three flagpoles they maintain at the Warren Town Common.

    Their flying of the Gadsden Flag, a Revolutionary War-era flag depicting a coiled rattlesnake with the slogan "Don’t Tread On Me" below it, angered some residents because though it was originally created to protest the British government prior to and during the American Revolution, it has become a symbol to some of the American Tea Party movement. That conservative movement questions many of the policies, particularly fiscal, of the federal government.

    The flag was raised alongside the state and U.S. flags early Friday morning. By 10:30 a.m., Warren Fire Chief Al Galinelli had received a call about it from the town manager. By the afternoon, it was taken down.


    “At first I thought it was a joke,” said the chief. “The flag was put up because it’s a flag from the revolution and a lot of Warren guys fought in the revolution. It was only put up to memorialize them. Flying the flag does not mean we’re supporting any political party or movment.”

    The department has control over what flags it raises at the common, and when. Usually, the POW/MIA flag flies on the third pole along side the state and U.S. flags. But with the return of warm weather and the impending Memorial Day and Fireman’s Memorial parades, crews decided to fly them again and thought a good change of pace would be to fly the Gadsden flag, the chief said.

    “It was only done for history’s sake. If people got offended I apologize. I just hope the American flag isn’t offending anyone, becaue that’s one flag I’ll never take down.”
     
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    What a misleading title. It might be offensive in that little town...but it doesn't translate that it's offensive in America.

    Let me guess, this is from a teabagger site, correct?
     
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    Its supposedly an "American Independants" website.

    Either way that town has banned the flying of the flag which is the point of the story and the thread.
     
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    It should not be with the U.S flag. If people want to do it on their private property, so be it. However, whatever original meaning that flag has is gone by the wayside as the tea party has taken it and turned it into their new Revolution flag.

    The article of the title is horribly misleading, and I don't even want to bother with the site from the looks of it.
     
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    I guess that is their right...it isn't an official flag and it is being used for political purposes. No different than disallowing an RNC or a DNC flag.
     
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    The town hasn't banned the flying of the flag. They took it down because someone got rightfully offended at it being flown on government property. Nobody had their personal civil liberties taken away from this incident.

    What is it with the ignorant articles about RI today? (No offense Pilgrim)
     
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    Has it? Or just ones on government property?
     
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    Yep...sad that the Tea Party has stooped once again to shameless lying.
     
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    They banned it from flying from a public building, I guarantee you they cannot keep a private citizen from flying that flag.
     

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