Apartment complex orders resident to remove 'threatening' American flag
HOUSTON, Texas (Derek Drake) -- A Houston man is being told to remove his American Flag outside his apartment because it's a "threat to the Muslim community."
According to CBS Affiliate KHOU-TV in Houston, Duy Tran moved into his apartment a few days ago and promptly affixed an American Flag to his balcony outside.
"It means a lot to me," Tran told KHOU-TV.
But the manager of "The Lodge on El Dorado" apartments doesn't see it that way, telling Tran he had to take down the flag because it's "a threat to the Muslim community."
After hearing management's reasoning, Tran said it "stunned him."
"I'm not a threat toward anyone," he said.
KHOU-TV attempted to get the management's side of the story and when the manager was asked if they told Tran that his flag was a "threat to the Muslim community," the manager refused to answer questions, instead calling police to escort the news team from the property and handing over a written statement which read:
"While the Lodge on El Dorado admires our residents 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 countrys flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community."
KHOU-TV noted in their report that patriotic symbols could be seen hanging from other balconies in the complex. Tran isn't budging.
"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," Tran said. "I have friends that died for this country."
KHOU reported that no residents were heard from while they were on the property complaining about Tran's flag or other patriotic fare around the complex. Some of Tran's neighbors even said they wanted his flag to stay.
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