Don't Tread on the ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union says it's backing an Arizona man against a homeowner association rule against flying the Gadsden Flag in front of his house.

Andy McDonel says he put up the coiled snake banner bearing the slogan "Don't Tread on Me" this year as a tribute to the military and Founding Fathers, The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.

The flag's history traces back to an illustrated comment printed in 1751's Pennsylvania Gazette by Benjamin Franklin that the American colonies should send rattlesnakes to England. Franklin suggested it as a symbol for America describing it as "an emblem of magnanimity and true courage," the Web site FoundingFathers.info said.

The image of the coiled snake morphed over the years and in 1775 settled into its present incarnation, which has become an emblem for the Tea Party Movement, the newspaper said.

Read more: UPI.COM.

1 comment:

Thurston Howell III said...

I wonder if he wore his 3 cornered hat in the Easter parade?