July 4th is just around the corner. That being the case, there is no more appropriate time for learning something new about flag protocol.
Ready to learn? Until 1975, what was the only flag authorized to fly over the United States flag on the same pole? If you served in the United States Navy, then you'll have a better chance at knowing the correct answer.
Answer: the flag of the Christian Church.
Don't believe it? Here's a picture of the inside cover of the Navy edition of the Roosevelt Bible given to service members during WWII.
Note the statement at the bottom of the flag:
“The Church pennant is the only flag ever to be hoisted over the flag.”
From the official U.S. flag code:
“No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy.”
Interesting. It doesn't say “the God pennant” in order to appease political correctness through theological ambiguity. It clearly says “the Church pennant,” that is, the flag of Christianity.
Roosevelt was a very smart man, and a Democrat at that! Did he know there were atheists in America during WWII? Yes. Did he know there were Muslims in America in the 1940s? You bet. So how did he get away with this?
Answer: because Roosevelt understood that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people needs to reflect the majority sentiment of the people. That just makes sense.
Such politically-incorrect and inconvenient facts such as this will always have socialist autocrats, like Bernie Sanders, feeling the burn of anti-Christian zeal, but that still doesn't change the facts. No doubt, some jackleg politician will argue that this should be done for an Islamic pennant as well — a point that was successfully argued for a Jewish pennant in 1975 - but regardless of what illiberal politicians and lawyers say today, remember this: America was, and in many ways still is, a Christian nation.
It's time for Christians to start standing up for what they believe.
Psalm 60:4 - You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth.