U.S. flag called threat to Muslim community
POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 3:35pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 3:27pm
Webster, TX — A Texas man is fighting to keep his American flag hanging from his balcony. He says his apartment manager told him the flag was a threat to the Muslim community and that he has to take it down, but that complex issued a statement saying it's just following protocol, Alice Barr reports.
Stepping onto Duy Tran's balcony in Webster, one thing is clear, "It means a lot to me."
He's talking about his American flag that he proudly put up when he moved in just a few days ago, but then an apartment manager here at the Lodge on El Dorado told him he had to take it down.
Duy Tran, "What really stunned me is that she said it's a threat towards the Muslim community. I'm not a threat toward anybody."
We tried to ask a manager that's exactly what was said, but she just handed us a statement.
Reporter Alice Barr, "OK can I just ask you a couple questions?"
Apartment Manager, "That's it ma'am, I'm sorry."
And called an officer to escort us off the property, before we could press any further.
The statement reads, "While the Lodge on El Dorado admire our resident's patriotism, we must enforce our property rules and guidelines. Such guidelines maintain the aesthetics of our apartment community and provide for the safety of all residents. The apartment community already proudly displays our country's flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community."
We saw other patriotic symbols hanging from other balconies in the complex and Tran doesn't plan to budge, "I'm gonna leave my flag there, as an American, until she shows me proof that I don't have the right to leave my flag there."
To Tran it's about so much more than stars and stripes, "I have friends that died for this country."
So he says this fight is the least he can do.