Texan claims apartment manager called US flag threat to Muslim community

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 3:23pm

A Texas man is fighting to keep his American flag hanging from his balcony. He said his apartment manager told him the flag was a threat to the Muslim community and he has to take it down.

While standing on Duy Tran's balcony in Webster, one thing is clear, he loves his country. Just a few days ago, he proudly put up an American flag when he moved in just a few days ago. The apartment manager at the lodge on El Dorado told him he had to take it down.

"What really stunned me is that she said it's a threat towards the Muslim community. I'm not a threat toward anybody," said Tran.

KHOU tried to ask a manager if that's exactly what was said, but she just handed over a statement and called an officer to escort us off the property.

The statement reads: "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."

KHOU saw other patriotic symbols hanging from other balconies in the complex, and Tran doesn't plan to budge.

"I'm gonna leave my flag there, as an American, until she shows me proof that i don't have the right to leave my flag there," Tran stated.

To Tran, it's about so much more than stars and stripes. He said he had friend who died for this country, so it's the least he can do in return. 

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