‘A banner bearing the Arabic expression “Love is for all,” touched off a massive security crackdown this week in Lubbock, Texas, where city officials shut down traffic and called for an investigation by Homeland Security, the FBI and police. First spotted the morning after Valentine’s Day, the banner was hung from the top of the publicly owned Citizens Tower in the downtown area of the city, which is located in northwestern Texas. The Arabic script spelling out the message of love was framed with a red heart. It was not immediately clear who hung the item.
But to Mayor Glen Robertson, the “Arabic flag” was cause for alarm. Robertson instructed the city manager to remove the banner and “take all steps necessary to secure the building and that Chief [Greg] Stevens notify the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and the Lubbock Sheriff’s Office,” according to a public statement.’