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The Flags We Fly

May 27, 2024

America will always be a nation of many flags. In my office in Washington, D.C., I have a flag from my home state of Tennessee. The flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia, where I currently live, features the figure of virtue standing atop a defeated king with the words "sic semper tyrannis," or "thus always to tyrants." Allegiance goes to what the flag symbolizes. We do not, of course, pledge allegiance to a 2'x3' piece of fabric. Ideally, a flag tells you something about the person flying it. Thus, those who died under the banner of the stars and stripes died for the men and women for whom they fought. And when we honor the flag on Memorial Day, we honor those who died under its banner.

A federal court is declaring that employers must cover gender transition surgeries for their employees in their health insurance plans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled last week that a refusal by an employer to cover gender transition surgeries in an employee's health insurance violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which "prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin."

The $300 million boondoggle known as the Gaza pier has been a floating flashpoint ever since President Joe Biden commissioned the project. Now, a few weeks into America's buoyant humanitarian program, three U.S. soldiers have been injured (one critically) and most convoys of supplies and food have either been ambushed or looted by Hamas terrorists, never reaching its intended civilians.

I stood in awe at what a wonderful opportunity the Reverend Billy Graham statue unveiling event proved to be in terms of sharing the gospel message. This month, within the walls of the elegant Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol, a prominent and faithful preacher was remembered and honored. Several speakers took the time to preach the good news, calling for those listening to put their faith in Jesus, "the Lord of lords and the King of kings," as Senate Chaplain Barry Black proclaimed.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans once again blocked a bill that Democrats claimed would crack down on the amount of illegal immigrants allowed to claim asylum at the southern border. But GOP lawmakers characterized the legislation as an unserious "prop" that fails to address the underlying causes of an ongoing three-and-a-half-year border crisis that has allowed a record number of migrants to enter the U.S. unlawfully.

This week, journalists at The New York Times published a story about an alleged "provocative symbol" that was displayed at U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's vacation house in New Jersey nearly a year ago. The Appeal to Heaven flag, which originated during the American War for Independence, flew outside Alito's home alongside a Phillies flag and a Long Beach Island flag. The flag is being maligned as part of a campaign of petty attacks against the conservative justice. As unnecessary as the controversy surrounding the flag is, it can serve to remind us of this early American symbol and the lessons it still has for us today.

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