'Dear Abby' shoots down homophobe over Pride flag
Dear Abby: I live in a family-oriented neighborhood. My problem is my next-door neighbor flies his gay pride flag in his front yard. Because we have a lot of families with young children who do not need to be subjected to that kind of thing, I have asked him numerous times to remove it.
His response is it’s a free country and he does not subject anybody to his lifestyle.
I strongly feel that in a neighborhood devoted to children’s morals and the way life should be, he should not be allowed to have that flag in his front yard for everyone to see. I threatened if he didn’t take it down, I’d call the police. I feel it’s harming the children to see that flag flying, especially on a busy street that everyone travels on. What should I do?
Righteous in New Castle, Pa.
Dear Righteous: First of all, calm down. Your neighbor is hurting no one, and ”young children” will not understand what the flag symbolizes. Unless there are codes, covenants or restrictions in your neighborhood governing the display of flags, your neighbor has a right to hoist his banner. Rather than picking a fight about something so insignificant, you should concentrate on cultivating your own garden and stop obsessing about what’s going on in his.
BTW, Abigail Van Buren (aka Pauline Esther Friedman, born July 4, 1918), is still alive. Daughter Jeanne Phillips took over the Dear Abby column in 1987.