Readers write about displaying American flags in churches.
The American flag in church: its different implications
In response to Becky Akers's July 28 Opinion piece, "Does the American flag belong in a church?": If the American flag is just a wooden pole with a piece of fabric bearing a nationalistic symbol attached, I would agree it doesn't belong in a church. But, to me, it is much more than that.
The American Constitution came as a monumental gift to the world, unparalleled throughout history. Its chief theme is the freedom of man. The several freedoms it guarantees boil down to the freedom to think. That freedom is what tyrants most fear. And real freedom to think is a spiritual thing. It stems from freedom of religion. So to me, the American flag is resolved from a thing to a thought, the thought of freedom of religion.
Churches of many denominations display the flag in their sanctuaries, the most basic reason being gratitude for the right to worship according to conscience. Yes, the American flag belongs in a church.
Regarding the recent Opinion piece on flags in churches: The American flag represents inherent human ideals. Equality, freedom, truth, peace, love, personal worth, everlasting life, and justice compose a common sense of fairness.
The American difference was to instate laws in defense of this inherent mind-set. It seems the flag should be displayed within all religious establishments. This flag does not represent the oppressive mind-set and social world established by mankind.
If not from God, then from where is this sense of fairness derived?
In response to the recent Opinion piece on the American flag in church: As a Roman Catholic priest, I believe that no flag of any nation should be displayed in church.