06/20/2019: "Mullis Center Needs To Rethink Their Ban"
By John Evans
The Mullis Center is a public facility. It originated and exists with government funding. In Congress and all levels of government the Pledge of Allegiance and the flag’s “stars and stripes” are a part of the recognition of our heritage, The same honor should be part of any public participation and protocol.
The recognition of our heritage is especially appropriate as a sign of respect for our seniors at the Mullis Center. The “Committee” needs to rethink their ban.
The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the flag are at the core being of our nation. The national culture of the United States; our freedom, “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness,” are the markers and envy of peoples around the globe
We have always had political differences but the words of the Declaration of Independence, the principles in the Constitution and Bill of Rights and the symbol of the flag and our Pledge of Allegiance have defined who we all are and what we should all stand for as Americans.
Within our small community of islands, different views should be expected. We can express political differences without tearing apart the core of our national heritage. Respect and reverence for our heritage, flag and Pledge of Allegiance should never be labeled as political.
If someone is “uncomfortable” with symbols of America, that is sad for them. However, that person has neither a legal or moral right to try to silence the expression of other's views. Any conversation should begin and end with mutual respect for each other… and our country.