NJ town proposes ordinance that will ban American flag

ban_flagMy home state of New Jersey is embarrassing me. City commissioners in West New York passed the first phase of a widespread sign ordinance Wednesday evening that will ban flying the American flag.

An article in Politicker NJ reported, “The ordinance prohibits bench signs, inflatable signs and portable signs. It also states that a store window can only use 15 percent of its size for any signage, and prohibits stores from having neon around their window edges. It prohibits flashing open or close LED signs, or any scrolling lit up sign. It also specifically prohibits the flying of flags, banners and pennants [emphasis added].”

Crazy. But the reason behind passing the sign ordinance is really crazy.

Frank Ferriero, owner of TV on Wheels and head of a group called, “Residents for a Better West New York,” had a mobile ad campaign running out of his truck calling for the removal of the mayor who is under indictment for computer hacking, and other complaints about the city government.

According to the article, the Mayor and Board of Commissioners have had enough of Ferreiro’s roving truck ads. Enter the sign ordinance in what seems a clear case of an attack on free speech.

Ferreiro said of the ordinance, “It is going way past just targeting me. The mayor and commissioners are infringing on commercial freedom of speech. What if I want to hang the American Flag? I can’t. Man, that’s un-American.”

Indeed. And sounds unconstitutional as well. A final vote on the ordinance will be held on Feb. 20.

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  • http://thepatriotspress.com David D.

    And the chipping away at the fabric of our society continues. It was just last summer I reported on the 'gay' US Flag flying in a window in Ft. Lauderdale. I'm happy to say that display is no longer in that window.

  • Wanda Roberts

    If we allow this to happen, it will so hopefully the town will let the officials know this is un-American and illegal.

  • william

    What is the matter with the idiots in this nation. I can only think that we are coming to an end, as a country of respect, freedom and HELL the world. Who but a communist would do something so stupid. And these people are supposed to be fair and rational "leaders". Even banning signs in a store front window that the store owner either owns or rents the space. I always have said make the idiots live under their own rules. The Super is a good movie that expounds on that thought. If you aint got enough of what it takes to live it then no one else should have to either. Wimp ass politicians…what happened to the days of settling things with a duel….oh almost forgot jerks like these want guns banned too

  • http://yahoo Gerry Mander

    OK, then all the 'portable' signs on the sides of Police cars, Fire trucks, cabs, and ambulances will have to come down. Goodyear blimp!!..gotta go. 'Happy Birthday' balloons, not in Jersey, too bad kid, move to NY or PA. If you're wearing a cross around your neck and walking down the street in Jersey…slammer!!

  • Nanny

    F… You