House Republican Bill Would Deny Funds to Colleges That Ban The Flag
This is a great idea. Hit these left wing schools where it hurts and watch how quickly they come around.
Campus Reform reports:
GOP bill would strip funding from schools that ban the flag
In response to Hampshire College’s controversial removal of the American flag, 54 House Republicans have introduced a bill that would strip federal funding from flag-banning schools.
Following Donald Trump’s election victory, Hampshire lowered its American flag to half staff in order to “encourage expression of deeply held viewpoints,” a goal that was apparently accomplished when the flag was torn down and burned on the eve of Veterans Day by student protesters upset over the election results.
Hampshire President Jonathan Lash declined to replace the flag, explaining at the time that he wanted the community to “focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.”
Outraged residents, many of them military veterans, protested the decision with an on-campus demonstration, prompting Lash to issue a circular declaring that “no protestors [sic] will be allowed to come on campus” and instructing students not to speak with members of the press.
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have now weighed in against the school, as well, introducing H.R. 6433, the “Protect the Flag Act” on December 2, which was coincidentally the same day that Hampshire finally relented to mounting pressure and announced that it would be restoring the flag to its traditional location.
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Well … once you’ve signed on to the bizarre idea that things (either real or symbolic) you do (or don’t do) with the flag are protected speech … how do you justify sanctions against anyone or anything for exercising that civil right?
Surely, if silly petulance such as burning a flag is a right, so is failure to fly or display a flag you haven’t burned. Or would it just be OK if the schools burn the flags they remove?
Indeed a complete cut of all funding would be unconstitutional, unless it was funding that always included as a condition that the flag be flown.