A Texas man was ordered to remove an American flag from his apartment balcony because flying the red, white, and blue was deemed a "threat to the Muslim community."
Duy Tran moved into his new Houston apartment just a few days ago, and nearly immediately proudly hung the flag from his new dwelling. Equally quickly, the Lodge on El Dorado apartment manager ordered the patriotic display removed. Duy Tran recalled being stunned by the command to remove the American flag from his Lodge on El Dorado apartment balcony. "I'm not a threat to anybody," the Houston area resident said.
When local KHOU-TV News attempted to speak to the Webster apartment complex manager to confirm what Tran had told them, he declined to comment before handing the reporters a written statement and ordering a security officer to escort the crew off the property.
The statement about the order to remove the American flag because it was a threat to the Muslim community reads:
"While the Lodge on El Dorado admires 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."The Lodge on El Dorado website describes the apartment complex in this manner:
"Located in the residential area of Clear Lake located in Webster, Texas, The Lodge on El Dorado Apartments is a magnificent community where tranquility and comfort are a way of life. At The Lodge on El Dorado Apartments, you can relax by one of our sparkling swimming pools, go for a swim, exercise in our 24 hour state-of-the-art fitness center, or join friends and neighbors for a day of picnics and BBQ."
Duy Tran had this to say about the complying with the order to remove the flag from his apartment balcony:
"I'm gonna leave my flag there, as an American, until she [Lodge on El Dorado] apartment manager shows me proof that I don't have the right to leave my flag there. I have friends that died for this country."According to KHOU-TV News, several other "patriotic displays" were seen hanging on apartments [not flags] during their visit. Many of Tran's neighbors stated that they want his American flag to remain waving exactly where it is. There are no known reports of Lodge on El Dorado residents complaining about feeling offended by or threatened by the American flag.
What do you think about Duy Tran not being allowed to fly the American flag at the Texas apartment complex?
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