Vickie Shaw was at her home in upscale South Shore Harbour when a neighbor approached and told her three young men had stolen a rainbow pride flag from the front lawn, she said.

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(15) comments

Carlos Ponce

Theft is theft. Taking something that doesn't belong to you is against the law and morally wrong. The Bible states "Do not steal". Leave their rainbow "Pride" flags alone. If you wish to make a statement you can fly a "Straight Pride" flag. Amazon.com will even sell you a straight pride flag T-shirt. Oh, that's right.....some will find that offensive and may charge you with a hate crime if you do that. What about a "I don't mess with yours, you don't mess with mine" philosophy?

"My flag boy and your flag boy were sit-tin' by the fire. - My flag boy told

Your flag boy 'I'm gonna set your flag on fire.' Talk-in' 'bout, Hey now ! Hey now ! I-KO, I-KO, un-day Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-n?. - Jock-a-mo fee na-n?

Bailey Jones

This doesn't surprise me at all. While I don't agree with my very conservative neighbors on much aside from landscaping, I know that if my house was on fire they wouldn't hesitate to risk their lives to help. They are mostly good and decent people. I say mostly because obviously someone has failed as a parent.

Carol Dean

What does the comment "...the neighborhood is very Republican" mean? And what was the "purpose" of the comment?

Bailey Jones

"Dog bites man" isn't news. "Man bites dog" is. The purpose of mentioning Republicans is to draw a contrast between the lady's neighbors and Texas Republicans at large. Republicans, and Texas Republicans in particular, have historically been anti-homosexual. Take for instance the 2008 Texas Republican Party platform which called for the recriminalization of homosexuality, the removal of children (both natural and adopted) from homosexual parents, removal of homosexuals from the armed forces, dissolution of gay marriages, etc. So the fact that Texas Republicans came to her aid is news worth reporting.

Carlos Ponce

2008 doesn't seem like too long ago but the Democrat Presidential candidate said the following:

“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” - April 17, 2008, at the Saddleback Presidential Forum.

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about.” - Nov. 2, 2008, interview with MTV.

Views on same sex marriage seemed the same on both sides of the aisle..... back in 2008 that is.

But after election he flip-flopped on the issue.

Bailey Jones

Yes, he did flip flop. The whole party came around. And now they have a gay man running for president. Meanwhile the 2018 Texas Republican Party platform had added its first anti-trans language: "Self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman." But hey - at least they aren't looking to steal children and fill jails - so that's progress.

Carlos Ponce

"Self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman." You call that anti-Trans language? I see it as pro-family language based on Christ's teaching: "Haven't you read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and that he said, `For this reason a man should leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two are to become one flesh'?" And not only Christians but Muslim and Jews as well.

"But hey - at least they aren't looking to steal children and fill jails - so that's progress." - Neither are the Republicans.

Bailey Jones

"Natural" man and "natural" woman is clearly a reference to trans-people - since I doubt Texas Republicans were referring to Aretha. Oh yes - the Bible bits are always the justification for discrimination, no need to remind us. And it's explicit in the platform - God is mentioned as the justification for policies 12 times, Christianity twice. (Islam, is mentioned 5 times - never as a moral basis, only as a source of terrorism - and of course, it's the only source of terrorism mentioned - nothing about white nationalists, nazis, mosque burners, etc.) But still, progress is progress - I'll be looking forward to the 2020 platform.

Carlos Ponce

You see "natural man and natural woman" as being anti-trans..... sounds like you have a personal problem, Bailey.

Bailey Jones

...and there's the inevitable ad hominem deflection.

Carlos Ponce

" 'Tis true,'tis true 'tis pity,And pity 'tis, 'tis true".... Bailey has a personal problem.

Wayne Holt

Nothing says you're a red-blooded American patriot more than being a juvenile sticking up gas stations...not.

Re the mention of Republicans in the story and Bailey's positive comment, I personally think it is helpful to point out whenever a stereotype is shown not to be true, whether about Republicans, Democrats or anyone else. It's an antidote to lazy thinking.

Great story about people treating each other as human beings FIRST and voters/races/religions/gender interests later. Respect what is worthy of it and tolerate our differences. It's the American way.

Chris DeVries

It's interesting that the juvenile delinquent - unwittingly and illegally - exposed Shaw's OWN personal bias. What in the world does being conservative or Republican have to do with anything in this case? Nothing.

Kelly Naschke

I’m a conservative republican. My two best friends are gay. They are also both conservative republicans.

Bailey Jones

Of course there are gay conservative Republicans. It's a sexual preference, not a political philosophy.

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