Clarence Thomas Family Flag Flap
Every morning since 9/11, Donald Lamp has hung his American flag from the balcony of his Omaha apartment.
The Omaha retirement community where Donald Lamp lives wants him to take his flag down. He refuses, having flown it since the Sept. 11 attacks. Lamp’s son-in-law is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Management of the retirement community where he and his wife live – citing policy about maintaining the appearance of the building’s exterior – wants him to lower the flag for good.
“I’m not about to take it down,” the 89-year-old World War II veteran said.
Lamp is like many Americans who, because of housing covenants, are discouraged from flying their flags this Memorial Day weekend.
What makes Lamp different is that he is the father-in-law of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
That makes no difference to Cathy McGrath, general manager of the Arboretum.
“We have a lot of important people here,” she said.
Donald and Marjorie Lamp, whose daughter Virginia is married to Thomas, said they don’t want to use their connection to the judge to influence anybody.
“We don’t go around saying my son-in-law is Clarence Thomas,” he said. “You don’t do that. He wouldn’t like to have us do that.”
An odd coincidence, to be sure. One would think that anti-flag covenants would have no place in Omaha, but I suppose it gets tricky setting forth these policies. Presumably, it allowing the flying of the American flag but not, say, a Nazi banner or something else objectionable–or at least unsightly–wouldn’t pass constitutional muster.