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Flag Idea Doesn’t ‘Set Well’ For Most Patriotic Americans

Home & Garden Television is busy preparing viewers for the Fourth of July. And one of its ideas is downright unpatriotic, says Todd Starnes at Fox News. In a segment called “Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas,” HGTV offered this proposition:

This didn’t sit well with many HGTV viewers, who took to the network’s Facebook page to denounce the idea as “offensive, un-American and an insult to the American military,” Starnes says. One example:

Using an American flag as a tablecloth dishonors all Americans who love Old Glory — especially those who gave their lives defending it. No one dies for a tablecloth.

Joe March, a spokesman for the American Legion, tells Fox News using an American flag as an “unconventional table linen,” as HGTV deems it, violates the U.S. Flag Code: “The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water or, merchandise.”

The flag of the United States of America should be displayed with honor. Using our flag as a table cloth is disrespectful to the men and women who have served and died for our country

Old Glory can be draped over a coffin, but certainly not a table, March tells Fox News: “The flag of the United States is designed to be flown and respected as the symbol of our country…. That very same flag is used to cover the caskets of our soldiers, sailors and Marines who have been killed in battle. You would not obviously want to take that and use that as a tablecloth.” There is no punishment for violating the Flag Code, March notes — the Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that desecrating the flag is protected by the First Amendment.

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