I should start with a disclaimer ā€” when I respond to articles about a specific topic, I tend to express my own opinion on the issue rather than critique the other writer’s opinion.

However, I recently read Brian Dale Teal’s “No, Your Flag Is Not Equal To The American Flag” for Jacksonville State University’s Odyssey team, and was absolutely baffled by his argument that the gay pride adaptation of the historical photo that captures Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima, is disrespectful to the men who fought for our country. One of the aspects of Teal’s argument that I find most disrespectful is that he believes he has the ability to rank two completely different, but significant conflicts in history. Simply because one affected people on a broader scale than the other does not diminish the importance or the struggle of the other.

Read full article on Odyssey.
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