December 11, 2008
Philly: Man Told To Remove American Flag From Desk
He had it taped to his computer. Oh, the horror!
Ralph Silvestro, a legal clerk who works at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, never imagined that anyone would have a beef over the American flag he had taped to the side of his work computer.
After all, he works in a courthouse.
To Silvestro, who served in the Navy for six years and in the Air Force Reserve for another six, the miniature American flag affixed to his computer was a symbol of his patriotism, he said.
"I served this country for 12 years. I could have died for this flag, but I can't hang it up. What's up with that? I don't understand," Silvestro said in an interview earlier this week.
Silvestro added: "For me, this is about my rights being taken away from me in a building where your rights are supposed to mean more than anything."....more
Did this ACLU help him out with this? Hell no.
When asked if Smith[Silverstro's boss] had violated Silvestro's constitutional rights, perhaps infringing on his freedom of expression, a civil-rights lawyer said: "No."
"Here's the thing: Your boss rules your life," said Mary Catherine Roper, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania's Philadelphia office. "Your employer gets to make the rules."
Must depend on what "rules" the ACLU doesn't like.