Proposed Bill Would Penalize Schools Banning The American Flag

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Legislation has been introduced by House Republicans to eliminate funding to schools that ban the American Flag.

This news comes after the recent uproar with Hampshire College, in Massachusetts, taking down their American flag on campus.

Hampshire College had began their protest of Trump’s victory by lowering the flag after the election and their students burned the flag the very next day.

On the November 27 about 1,000 veterans went to protest Hampshire’s decision to remove their flag when Trump won the election. On Dec. 2, the college decided to bring back the American flag to their campus.

This past Friday, Mike Turner, a Republican from Ohio, along with 52 House Republicans presented a bill to fight back against schools who decide to remove the american flag from their campus. The petition presented would require federal funds be removed from these schools.

Turner stated in an statement to the Washington Examiner, “I am proud to introduce legislation that will protect the American flag from censorship across the country. The American flag is a symbol of freedom throughout the world and should be respected as such. Recent action by Hampshire College to remove the American flag from its campus was a blatant act of censorship. Furthermore, Hampshire College’s decision disrespected our service members, veterans, and the liberties our flag embodies. We must work to ensure that such acts of censorship are not supported by the government in the future.”

Turner went on to list the ways in which a college could be denied federal funding if the college “removes, censors, takes down, prohibits,” the display of the American flag.

However, if the flag is brought back to campus, the halt on their federal funding will cease.

Washington Examiner noted that with the Republicans now having the majority in the House, and Trump’s clear position on the issue, this bill has a very good chance of soon becoming law.







 

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