Six Flags Great Adventure Does not Support the Constitution

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 20th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Six Flags Great Adventure has always been one of my favorite amusement parks, a place I could go and spend the day but a recent event at the Jackson Six Flags Great Adventure Park has caused me to reevaluate the parks. Shockingly, Six Flags does not support the First and Second Amendments of the constitution.

Kicked out of the park for wearing a patriotic tee-shirt

On August 10, Marine Corps veteran, Mario Alejandro, took his family to the Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., expecting to have a day of fun and relaxation with his family. The day of fun and relaxation turned into a bitter fight for the rights assured him by the United States Constitution when a security guard barred his entrance to the park because of the t-shirt he was wearing. Who was that Un-American security guard who found Mario’s patriotic tee shirt offensive? Was the security guard expressing the feelings of park management, or just his own sad sack views?

The “Offensive” tee shirt

Mario arrived at the park wearing a tee shirt sold by the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation, a limited Edition fund raising t-shirt, being sold to raise funds to support the Marine Corps Marathon. When Mario explained to the security guard that he was a Marine Corps veteran and explained his reason for wearing the shirt, the guard replied, “I don’t care. Take it off.” The guard then spoke with two other employees of the park after which he again demanded that Mario remove his patriotic t-shirt. Instead of complying with that unconstitutional demand, Mario left the park with his wife and children, his wife and children crying as they left.

The Guard was enforcing park policy

When asked by a reporter about the guard’s attitude, a park spokesperson stated, “We do not allow guests to wear t-shirts with images of assault rifles in our parks. We apologize for any inconvenience we caused this guest; however, we stand by our policy, which does not permit clothing with vulgar, offensive, or violent language or images. Our goal is to maintain a fun, safe and family-friendly environment,” a purely subjective and hypocritical policy. “…we stand by our policy, which does not permit clothing with vulgar, offensive or violent language or images..,” what is vulgar and offensive to one person may not be vulgar and/or offensive to another person. No true American who has served in the military and supports the Constitution would have found that t-shirt vulgar or offensive. I wonder what would have happened if I tried to enter that park wearing one of my Christian t-shirts, would I be told to take it off because some agnostic or some atheist would find the words vulgar and the images offensive.

They have games with guns in them

While the park finds wearing a t-shirt sold by a non-profit to raise funds for a worthy cause offensive because it has the silhouette of an assault rifle on its front, they have games with guns in them. check out their official web site, under things to do you will find the following the following games being promoted: “Gunfight at Six Flags Corral. The Sheriff of Southwest Territory is looking for a new recruit to be his deputy. Seems like a simple enough task, but is it? Come see the Gunfight at the Six Flags Corral and find out.” Also being touted is their paintball ranges that urge kids and adults alike to take up guns, guns that the park eagerly provide, and shoot one another. Talk about violent, getting hit at close range with a paintball hurts if you are hit in an unprotected area of the body.

Photo credits:
shirt and logo pictures used with permission of the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation

U.S. Constitution and Paintball pictures from Wikimedia

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Amusement Parks, First Amendment, Marine Corps, Marine Reconnaissance Foundation, Mario Alejandro, Second Amendment, Six Flags Great Adventure, Us Constitution

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Great article, Jerry, about another ridiculous incident in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Shaking my head at the hypocrisy you so astutely point out, as well.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you for reading and for your comments, Susan. I think that one of the root causes of all these problems is that too many people living in "the land of the free and the home of the brave" is that they wouldn't be free if it wasn't for all the brave men and women who willingly made the ultimate sacrifice to keep them free.

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2014 (#)

1000% agree.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Jerry, great article. Thanks for sharing this article because I didn't know that this ridiculous event had taken place at Six Flaggs. I'm not sure what is taking place in this country but, I'm starting to see a pattern and it's not good. The newspapers are going down the tubes at a fast rate of speed. They are arresting reports in Ferguson and I won't even mention what took place in Boston. I know some things had to be there but not how they went about doing it. Telling people at gunpoint to get out of their homes. It was just not acceptable. There were so many other ways to have handled that. If anyone has any answers please share them with me. I'm clueless. Sorry to ramble on. I'm just shocked at what has been done. To top it all off this happens in the United States of America!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
20th Aug 2014 (#)

reporters. I'm typing too fast again. LOL

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Good morning Nancy. Thanks for reading and commenting. No need to apologize for, as you put it, "rambling on." I really enjoy getting comments like yours.
As for the Ferguson issue, I will be writing about that too. When writing about any controversial issue, I try to approach it using a balance POV (point of view) an approach few reporters use these days. For now I will simply say that no one side in the Ferguson debacle was/is completely right nor completely wrong--that's what I will attempt to sort out for my readers.

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Speaking as a non-American, I reckon that the guard had a point. What has an amusement park got to do with being patriotic? Surely that sort of thing can be left to other occasions, such as parades and the like.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Aug 2014 (#)

John, you are missing the whole point here. The issue has nothing to with an amusement park being patriotic or not...reread my article. The vet was barred from entering the park because he was wearing a t-shirt bearing the silhouette image of an assault rifle which the park spokesperson said was offensive and depicted violence. Read my quote from the spokesperson on the park policy. The issue here is that they barred the vet for wearing a shirt they felt was offensive because of the graphics on it, yet they tout their paintball ranges, even supplying the guns for kids and adults to shoot one another with, not to mention the old west style gunfights. The whole policy of the park is hypocritical, they are saying, "do as we say, not as we do."

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2014 (#)

I made my comment because you cited the patriotism of the vet as being the reason why he should have been allowed to wear the shirt. I simply don't see the connection between being patriotic and having a fun day out with the kids, whether that involves paintballing or not.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Aug 2014 (#)

I mentioned the vets patriotism in passing and was not the focal point of my article, which someone with your education should have been able to see clearly. Perhaps you being British, you still resent the American Colonist kicking your butt.

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Come on, there's no need to get rude about this - we Brits don't get all 'War of Independence' when we have a minor disagreement. I just think that maybe the Park authorities had a point - you do not. Fair enough - we've both expressed our point of view, so let's shake hands and agree to differ? There are no hard feelings on my part, I can assure you!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Aug 2014 (#)

You really do seem to be the odd duck here, John. I do have a point, I made it, and the others commenting here seem to agree with it.
As for rude...if you think what I said was rude...you have no idea what rude is.
I'm a seventy year old man, I fought in my country's wars as have many of my ancestors going all the way back to the "War for Independence," and I'm pro 1st and 2nd Amendments and have many shirts that show that. If anyone told me to take one of those shirts off because they found it offensive, my response to them would be "try and take it off me."

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Jerry, excellent comment.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Nancy. Have a great day.

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author avatar Retired
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Excellent article Jerry...it seems more and more like they are trying to do away with American's rights according to the Constitution.. I think it is sad what America seems to be doing these days.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Valerie.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you for reading and for commenting Valerie. I agree, it truly is sad what people who call themselves Americans are doing these days. I'm seventy years old, will be seventy-one next month and have fought in a few of my country's wars and I have ancestors that have fought in every war going all the way back to the War for Independence, many of them making the ultimate sacrifice.
Once again, thanks for reading and commenting, Valerie..

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author avatar Lee Hansen
21st Aug 2014 (#)

A very unfortunate situation.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, it was, Lee. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
21st Aug 2014 (#)

Too many issues here to even know where to start for sure. I do think the shirt saying "return fire" was a bit over the top though.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Aug 2014 (#)

Perhaps it was to someone who doesn't know its origin. It's one of the motto of the USMC Force Recon and that's why the USMC Reconnaissance Foundation used it on the shirt.

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author avatar Retired
21st Aug 2014 (#)

Seriously?! Like Mark, I'm anti-violence. However, when it comes to our military, it's killed or be killed. Still, the marine shouldn't have been turned away.

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author avatar kant123
21st Oct 2014 (#)

Jerry, Great article indeed...thanks for sharing...

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