The homosexual community has hijacked a number of words and images in recent decades, ultimately eviscerating their original meaning. In addition to the word “gay” being redefined and used almost exclusively in the context of homosexuality, one can scarcely mention a rainbow without invoking the movement’s central symbol of pride.
Using the colorful display to adorn flags during pride parades and other events is nothing new; however, a group at Middle Tennessee State University was not satisfied with the status quo. The gay and lesbian club MT Lambda recently unveiled a defaced American flag which featured the colors of a rainbow in place of traditional red and white stripes.
Not surprisingly, the move elicited strong disapproval from a number of locals. MT Lambda president Joshua Rigsby, however, could not seem to understand why people were upset.
“It really caught us by surprise that this flag has caused so much controversy,” he said, “because in essence it’s not an American flag, it’s symbolic of that.”
Others tersely disagreed, with one graduate of the school decrying such actions by any group.
“To take that flag and to change it is what’s wrong,” Ralph Drye told local media. “I don’t care if they’re right, left, or center.”
Rigsby dismissed claims his group desecrated the flag, explaining other events have featured a similar flag.
When MTSU administrators sought legal advice from the state’s attorney general, they learned this type of display is protected by the U.S. Constitution. As a result, MT Lambda plans to keep its controversial addition flying for the foreseeable future.
Our founders did provide for an unparalleled freedom of speech, which exists to protect those with an unpopular message. As much as it pains those who love and honor the American flag, MT Lambda does have the liberty to sully that symbol for their own ideological purposes.
It is telling, however, that the same activists who hide behind the First Amendment when promulgating their own divisive view seek to silence those who express another.
–Western Journalism staff writer