Recall the near unanimous condemnation of the defacement of the Koran. It’s just a book, easily replaced. The public show of disapproval for a symbol important to many people is rude, discourteous, impolite, uncivil, and immature. It can be incredibly divisive. There is, not surprisingly, no such unanimity of disapproval for the disrespect shown to the National Anthem and American flag. After all, it’s just a piece of cloth, easily replaceable. The National Anthem and flag have brought tears to my eyes as I remembered people, some of them my friends and comrades, who fought and died for what that flag represents. Now, I cry for my country.
John Paul, Carmichael
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