4.26.2007

I kinda hate that I agree with her...

...but Annie Laurie Gaylor seems to be right on this one:
A prominent critic of government involvement in religion is opposing a request to fly the Tibetan flag over the City-County Building to honor the visit of the Dalai Lama to Madison next week.

The Dalai Lama is a religious, not a governmental, leader, said Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

"Public officials need to be very careful what precedent they set even if they have the best intentions," Gaylor said Wednesday.

I'd have liked nothing better than to tell Gaylor to take a long walk off a short pier - after all, the case of the Tibetan flag is unique, given that flying it is really more a stand of solidarity against Chinese occupation than with a religious leader per se, and the phrasing of her gripe seems like just another busybody poking her nose in because she's a religious activist of some stripe - except that flying flags other than the US flag is quite against the rules:
But building rules say that only the U.S. flag should fly on top of the building. So de Felice and others are asking the City-County Liaison Committee to make an exception -- something that's never been allowed before, at least not in recent memory, a building official said.