In a strange twist of anti-patriotism, the city of Peoria, Arizona, has ordered one of its citizens to cease flying the American flag in support of US troops abroad.

Jason Simpson, the owner of Peoria Auto Sales, flanked his lot in American flags after the terrorist attacks of September 11. But the City of Peoria declared Simpson’s show of patriotism to be no more than “visual clutter” and declared that the flags should be removed in the name of aesthetics.

Thankfully, the Institute for Justice (IJ) — a nonprofit law firm that litigates in cases challenging the scope of governmental powers — has offered Simpson free representation. The latest development: Simpson may now fly a total of six flags on his large lot. Simpson and the IJ are still fighting for his rights, though, and we look forward to a favorable outcome.