A barbecue pitmaster was told to take down the American flag he displays in front trailer at the Sam’s Club National BBQ Competition in Daphne, Alabama.
Jeff Petkevicius was told by contest organizers from the Kansas City Barbecue Society that he could not fly the flag during competition, but instead of taking it down, he raised it up even higher.
“There were six or eight of us that had flags flying,” Petkevicius told Todd Starnes according to Conservative Tribune. “He went to each camp and told them to take the flag down and everybody did.”
“If they want to kick me out, I’ll leave,” he added, after raising up his flag again.
Competition organizers say they were just enforcing a Daphne law that prohibits flag flying, but the city says that they have no such law.
“No one from the city advised or asked anyone to take down flags of any type,” Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood said. “We proudly and boldly display American flags and we encourage everyone in the community to do the same.”
“We wanted to be careful,” a spokesman for the contest said. “We like doing barbecue events in the South and we wanted to make sure we follow any local ordinances and procedures.”
Ordinance or not, nobody has the right to tell a patriotic American that they can’t fly our nation’s flag high.