The University of California, Davis Student Government voted last Thursday to remove a bylaw mandating the American flag be displayed at meetings because “the concept of United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual.”

“It shall not be compulsory for the flag of the United State of America to be displayed at ASUCD Senate meetings,” states Senate Bill 76, introduced by Senator Jose Meneses.

The bill states:

In accordance with the understanding that the concept of United States of America and patriotism is different for every individual, it should not be compulsory that the flag is in view at all times during Senate meetings. Considering that the flag is seldom present at Senate meetings, it should not be mandated by the Bylaws as a codified practice. Alternatively, it should be at the discretion of the Senate whether presenting the flag is presently necessary.

An opponent of the bill, Senator Goffman, called the removal of the flag from meetings a “political statement.”

Deborah Porter, Political Director of the UC-Davis College Republicans, stated:

“The University of California has long been a public university dedicated to the education of its students. The flag of the United States of America stands for the educational opportunity provided by America, as well as the sacrifice of our military soldiers and veterans to provide us with this freedom.

“Restricting the flag to be displayed at the mercy of the President pro-tempore is a slap in the face to our military members, and their sacrifice, even to the death, for our freedoms. I hold our military members in high respect, and thus vehemently oppose Senate Bill 76.”

(H/T Campus Reform)

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