From AP (thanks to Kemaste):
A cap is lowered by a crane to the top of the minaret during a ceremony at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the largest mosque in New England, before the first call to prayer, Saturday, June 9, 2007, in Roxbury, Mass. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole)
Why is the flag upside down? Maybe it was just on its way up when Lisa Poole’s shutter snapped, but it’s a telling photo. From the U.S. Code:
The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
And here is a capsule explanation of why the Boston mosque is a signal of dire distress.