David Renner considers himself a patriot – one who owns no fewer than 13 American flags and knows his flag history like the back of his hand. But the Littleton, Colorado, man’s love of flags isn’t winning him any fans in his community. Renner was recently slapped with a $200 fine by the Southbridge Townhomes Association for flying a “Betsy Ross” flag outside of his home in honor of Flag Day, reports the Daily Mail.
The HOA frowns upon the hanging of the revolutionary-era flag, which features 13 stars and stripes that represent the original colonies, and warned Renner that the only acceptable American flag he could fly is one with 50 stars and 13 stripes.
Renner joked with Fox News that he was not bringing property values down by flying the “Betsy Ross” flag, the way he might if he hung, say, an “Oakland Raiders flag.” He claims his intention is not to anger neighbors, but to honor history.
This is not the first time Renner has clashed with the HOA over his flag collection. Back in April, the man reportedly hung up a Gadsden flag – a yellow flag that features a snake and the motto “Don’t Tread on Me” – and was instructed to take it down, reports the Daily News. He agreed to the HOA's request. And then replaced the Gadsen flag with a Colorado state flag – which got him into even more hot water.
Renner says the HOA fined him $100 for flying his state flag.
Before he agrees to pay either fine, Renner says he plans to fight the HOA by hiring an attorney and protesting his right to display his flags under the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.
“The act uses a loose definition of the term American flag, any number of stars, any number of stripes, any size, any material, any flag that purports to be an American flag,” Renner told Fox 31 Denver.
But the Home Association is holding firm to its rule and insists the Act does not protect historical flags.