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Woman Forced To Take Down “Offensive” American Flag For Memorial Day

Posted by Casey on May 27, 2009

H/t NPRI

A Texas woman put up an American flag for Memorial Day, and was told to remove it because it was offensive to a coworker.

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 the supervisor took down Debbie’s 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.”

Disgusting.

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21 Responses to “Woman Forced To Take Down “Offensive” American Flag For Memorial Day”

  1. aposematic said

    I must be crazy by todays standards, but it just seems to me that if an American can’t fly an American flag in America, the diversity, social justice, and politically correct promoters are destroying personal freedoms and everything else good in America.

    • Host said

      It’s bad enough to not be able to fly your own flag, but on Memorial Day, and a blue star mother. It’s blatantly anti-American.

      • dixieo5588 said

        i find it hard to believe i think this is a lie
        most older americans fly their flags with pride and under no circumstances would have a problem with anyone flying an american flag. they are PROUD TO BE AMERICANS stop lying about it.

  2. Lloyd HIll said

    If the “offended person” from africa doesn’t like the American Flag being flown in AMERICA, then I would suggest he go back to africa. And take everyone else who didn’t like it with him.

    • Amen to all above! We Amereicans are the ones who are losing our rights…..the same rights we give to all the un-Amereicans living here. There is something terribly wrong with this picture.

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  4. Janice said

    That is SICK !
    WHAT is our country coming to???

  5. deva said

    I just called the hospital to voice my extreme disappointment in the hospital. A nice woman listened and others have been calling. Rhonda Williams is the administrator who you need to talk to if you would like her to hear your opinion on our American flag and honoring our country and troops:
    Kindred Hospital – Mansfield
    1802 Highway 157 North
    Mansfield, TX 76063
    Phone: (817) 473-6101
    TX TDD/TTY# 800-735-2988
    Fax: (817) 473-5538

    • Host said

      Thank you for taking such initiative Deva. Some have been asking if they felt offended that there was no American flag … would they have the same right to claim to be offended. It’s an interesting question to pose for those of you who call.

    • deva augo said

      I am so proud of our country. The USA flag is flying again in Mansfield, Texas. God Bless America and God bless our freedoms.

  6. phillip ojeda said

    i can see something like this happening in northern state, but never would i have believed it could happen in texas. mrs mclucas has been given that right fly the american flag by the sacrafices of her family, and if some african doesnt like it, mrs mclucas can strategically place the flag somewhere else that a true texan would 🙂 i have worn the flag on my uniform for 19yrs, just try and take it off me.

  7. Raquel Ibanez said

    I am greatly saddened to see that once again foreigners feel they have the right to tell U.S. citzens how patriotic they are allowed to be. As a citizen and a Texan I am offended and disgusted by this travesty. God bless the U.S.A, Texas, and Mrs.McLucas and her family.

  8. Host said

    Make sure you all read the post about a local veteran here in Vegas who awoke on Memorial Day to find that someone had burned his flag. The outpouring of support for him has been fantastic.

  9. Ducker said

    Screw that!
    foreigners have no right on those issues!
    Fly the colors!….Lest We Forget!

  10. nic said

    the flag is a jingoistic symbol of american empire. she has every right to display it on her own property, but when i go to work, i don’t need to be reminded of the crimes being committed in the name of “defense”.

    Stifling a cry, McLucas said, “I just wonder if all those young men and women over there are really doing this for nothing.”

    They are.

  11. anthony said

    It is times like these that we need to stand up – take it to the top – do not be intimidated! Tell ‘Supervisors’ to leave the country if they or anyone is ‘offended.’ The only offense is that they are getting away with this and WE THE PEOPLE are standing about complaining – i don’t know about the rest of you but it is either time to fight back or go down like the millions of Jews who allowed a few Nazi’s to push them around…

  12. autem said

    http://www.kindredmansfield.com/BuildPage.asp?Pageid=282

    this is a link to the only response i found from the hospital.

  13. Chuck Calvano said

    I have sent this letter to Kindred Hospital:

    Director
    Kindred Hospital – Mansfield
    1802 Highway 157 North
    Mansfield, TX 76063

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    Having recently read that you required an employee to remove the flag of the country I served for 32 years in uniform because one person was offended by seeing it, I am moved to write to you.

    Your standard that someone’s freedom must be curtailed because ONE PERSON is offended is tyranny in action. But, because you seem to comply with this standard, I wish to inform you that:

    THE EXISTENCE OF YOUR HOSPITAL OFFENDS ME.

    Now that you know your existence offends one person, and since that is your standard for taking action against others, I assume you will act in this case.

    Please advise me when you have closed your offensive hospital so that I can be free to go about my life without being offended by your existence.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

  14. YAA Adding this to my bookmarks. Thank You

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