Leroy McLaughlin, a Richmond barber who has served as pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church for 50 years, lives in a once-rural part of Chesterfield County where his 4 acres are now surrounded by subdivisions. He learned of the flag when a family member returned home from a high school football game Friday night, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
When he went outside, he stopped a neighbor from pulling the flag down and called police.
On Monday, as McLaughlin put up a new sign watched by a reporter and photographer, a small car drove by three times with its horn honking. Someone in the car yelled out the window "No change" -- apparently a reference to the "Vote for Change Nov. 4th" message on the sign.
Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the Obama campaign in Virginia, said that both sides have "overzealous supporters" and urged both Democrats and the Republican supporters of John McCain to keep their heads.