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Apr 112005
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

It's nice to see the flags waving at the tops of the flagpoles again, after they were lowered to half-mast on April 2, per President George W. Bush's request, in correlation with the recent death of Pope John Paul II.

The president made an error in this decision. The rules for lowering our country's symbol of freedom do not include people who are not U.S. government officials, unless directed by the president.

The issue is not the person being honored; rather it is about the ongoing argument about the separation of church and state.

The pope was a great world leader, who left a distinct mark in this world, and he did find the time to visit the United States several times, one of which stop was in Denver.

The flag is a representation of our nation, not religious issues in the world.

Many may wonder if an amazing Islamic leader passed away would his death be covered as much, let alone if it would be cause for the flags to wave at half their potential.

Flags are a sensitive issue in France too. Many French people were outraged that their flags were lowered in response to the pope's death.

In the states, South Carolina refused to obey the order to lower the flags. Standards should be set and upheld on many levels.

If the flag were lowered to honor every phenomenal person, it would be rare to see it atop the poles.

The admiration of the flag is lowered on an unspoken level as the flags are physically pushed back down the pole.

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