- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 19, 2014

A man says the manager of his Houston-area apartment complex told him to remove the American flag hanging outside his home, because she deemed it a “threat to the Muslim community.”

Duy Tran moved into the Lodge on El Dorado, in Webster, just a few days ago when he was confronted by the property manager, a local CBS affiliate reported.

“What really stunned me is that she said it’s a threat towards the Muslim community,” he told the station. “I’m not a threat toward anybody.”

Alice Barr of KHOU 11 News said the manager of the complex refused to answer any questions, and instead handed her a statement and called the police to escort her news crew off the property.

The statement reportedly read: “While the Lodge on El Dorado admires our resident’s patriotism, we must enforce our property rules and guidelines. Such guidelines maintain the aesthetics of our apartment community and provide for the safety of all residents. The apartment community already proudly displays our country’s flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community.”

Mr. Tran said he refuses to take down the flag that he says means so much to him.

“I’m going to leave my flag there, as an American, until she shows me proof that I don’t have the right to leave my flag there,” he said. “I have friends that died for this country.”

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