I received a short news piece and photo over the weekend and did my best to verify or debunk it, but could do neither, so am commenting on it anyway in case was real.
Supposedly, an NBC Nightly News crew was filming a segment for a human interest story on the group known as Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). One segment featured a dad in the classroom with his son at Maryville Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky.
Someone watching the news story captured a still image showing the father and son in the classroom. In the background, you can see the small American flag on far the left, flying over the blackboard. Just behind the dad’s right shoulder, you can see what appears to be a large rainbow flag. One person commented that it looks more like a kite to them but if you look closely, you can see where the flag drapes down and then the opposite edge is brought back up and appears at the very top.
The rainbow flag is the flag of gay rights activists. I would expect to find something so repulsive and controversial being so boldly displayed in a public elementary school classroom. Especially when it violated U.S. Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions, Updated April 14, 2008 which states:
“§ 7. Position and Manner of Display.
(c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to or in place of the flag of the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.
(f) When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag’s right.
(g) When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.”
This classroom is violating at least two ordinances of the U.S. Flag Law. The first offense is that the gay flag is flying higher than the U.S. flag. Secondly, the gay flag is much larger than the U.S. flag.
Overall, I find this scene very disturbing not only because of the flagrant disrespect of the American flag, but that gay rights and or gay pride is being so prominently displayed in the classroom. One has to wonder what these kids are being taught or exposed to. I went to Maryville Elementary School’s website and found this:
“Welcome to Our School
Our Mission: Maryville…a community school that provides a secure learning environment where staff and parents ensure the academic, as well as the emotional, social, and physical growth of each child.”
I don’t believe that a school that would allow the gay flag to fly in the classroom and violate federal law in so doing is providing a secure learning environment. And what emotional and social growth are they teaching the kids? Who put the flag there and is it a personal agenda of the teacher or principal?
From what I’ve seen and read of many public schools these days, they promote gay rights as part of their anti-bullying policies. Kids from Christian homes are not allowed to say that homosexuality is an abomination in God’s eyes or that the Bible teaches that it is a sin for fear of being punished. Schools also provide reading material that portrays homosexuality as being normal and acceptable and I would not be surprised to see some of those materials in that same classroom.
If I were a parent of a student at that school, I would be at the principal’s office in a second, demanding to know what is going on and to show them the U.S. Flag Laws. I also strongly advise any of you with kids or grandkids in school, public or private, to get involved and find out what they are being taught and exposed to. Visit their classrooms and look around to see what’s being displayed and what kind of reading material is being provided. Make a trip to the school library and browse through the areas that deal with social and religious issues.
Parents are the ones that are ultimately responsible for the education and welfare of their children. If they delegate others to handle the education, they are still responsible to see that this education is proper and what they want their kids to learn. If parents don’t get involved in their children’s education, then they have no one but themselves to blame for what their kids learn, good or bad.