There’s a photo that’s been appearing in my news feed on Facebook. Quite a few of my Facebook friends have been posting it. It shows a house painted like an American flag.
This is what appears in the Facebook post:
This man was told by his Homeowners Association that he couldn’t fly the American Flag in his yard. Click like if you think his response is a #win!
I’m not buying it. Sure, I believe someone painted their house to look like an American flag. I don’t think they did it in protest towards their homeowner’s association.
For one thing, the home appears to be quite old. Homeowners associations exist almost exclusively in newer, planned neighborhoods. It won’t surprise me if the house in the photo is one-hundred years old. I imagine getting people who live in older homes to retroactively join a homeowners association would be a lot like herding cats.
Secondly, it’s illegal for homeowner associations to bar someone from displaying the American flag. The federal Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 makes it illegal for a homeowners association to restrict homeowners from displaying the American flag on their property.
It’s a federal offense for a homeowners association to restrict flying the American flag.
Lastly, homeowners associations always have restrictions on what color or colors you can paint your house. If they have one rule, it’s that. The idea that a homeowners association would forbid someone from flying the American flag, but allow someone to paint their home like a flag, is absurd. It was made-up by someone who has never lived in a neighborhood governed by a homeowners association.
I see something like this on Facebook and wonder how anyone could believe it.
UPDATE: Thanks to commentator Erin for posting a link to the real story behind this paint job. It had nothing to do with a homeowner association and flying the American flag. Instead, it had everything to do with a guy acting like a jerk towards the local historical society.