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Published in: November-December 2021 issue.


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War Heroes  Another episode in the annals of people rising up in defense of minority rights: the residents of a town in Oregon banded together to put up a giant gay pride flag after the Newberg School Board voted to ban all “political speech” from its schools, including such “divisive symbols” as gay pride flags and Black Lives Matter signs. The protest flag was financed by donations from hundreds of parents and was installed on a hillside to be visible from the very high school at which such symbols are forbidden. Whether or not it constitutes “political speech” (the banning of which at an educational institution is a chilling prospect indeed), the flag went up just as statues of Confederate generals were coming down—emblems of an epochal shift that’s at the core of today’s culture wars.