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    Illegal to Burn the U.S. Flag “The Congress and the states shall have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.” That was the proposed constitutional amendment that was sent before the Constitution subcommittee on May 25th, 1995. The amendment passed the subcommittee and then was presented before the full Judiciary Committee. The amendment was in response to the Supreme Court rulings in 1989 and 1990 that demolished federal and state statutes prohibiting flag desecration. This was seen as an obstruction to the First Amendment which protects free speech and expression. Supporters for the amendment said that the flag deserves appropriate protection because it embodies freedom and unites our diverse country. The opponents to the amendment said that the burning of the flag is a type of free speech and should be preserved which was the…

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    Ever since the first incident of flag burning occurred in the United States, it has been heavily debated whether or not one has the right to desecrate the country’s stars and stripes. Today, it is within the law to burn the flag as a form of expression. It has not always been that way. Once the Vietnam War started, many people protesting the war demonstrated their hatred for the country’s actions by burning the national flag. This led to the action becoming a federal offense, anyone committing…

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    Q1 - Like other combat veterans and fellow Americans, the desecration of the American flag, a symbol of our Nation, thoroughly offends and disgusts me. The question of respect, in my eyes, has nothing to do with the analysis of possibly amending the First Amendment in order to make desecrating the flag illegal. Rather, respecting the Constitution and the freedoms it protects would be more important than the flag. Furthermore, I agree with General Colin Powell’s letter to Senator Patrick Leahy…

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    Amendment Senate Daniel Inouye, who served in World War II stated his opinion on flag desecration as “[…] obscene, painful, and unpatriotic” (Babbington 1). Although everyone has their own opinion on flag desecration, it is insulting to someone who put their life on the line to protect and defend the rights of everyone. However, the Veteran also makes a point and “[…] believes [that] Americans gave their lives in many wars to make certain that all Americans have a right to express themselves,…

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    Should people be allowed to burn the flag? A contentious topic of debate in United States politics is government intervention over civil liberties. On a general basis, most people would agree that on a political ideological scale, liberals favor big government and conservatives lean towards small government. We see this played out in debates over entitlement programs and taxes. However, the topic of civil liberties actually contradicts this notion, as most liberals favor a hands-off approach…

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    Flag Desecration Since 1777 the American flag with its stars and stripes has represented the colonies and states, and even more importantly has represented the sacrifice made to create the freedom that is given to us American citizens in the United States today. The flag is incredibly symbolic to our country, and should be treated with all the respect it deserves. However, mistreating the flag is technically protected by the First Amendment, so it must be outlawed to ensure freedom in America.…

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    honor the United States of America. Citizens do this to respect the nation and all that have died for their freedom. There are laws that say that people in the United States have to respect the flag in many ways, but what if someone breaks those laws to exercise their freedom of speech? What laws are more important, freedom of speech or flag desecration laws? The ruling in the case of Texas v. Johnson was correct because of how the Texas Penal Code was written, the First and Fourteenth…

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    Flag burning has been a controversy for years, but it has made its way to the front view within the last couple months. Whether burning of the flag should be legal, or if it should have a punishment. Flag burning should be considered a form of treason, and the desecration of the flag should be punished. The debate in the House on the flag highlighted the great divide in our nation on the Constitution and the very definition of patriotism. They actually separate our freedoms from parasitism and…

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    Republican Convention, Johnson decided upon a form of political protest that would shock the nation. By burning an American flag given to him during the protest, Johnson landed his case up to the Supreme Court. He was first convicted by the Texas courts for desecration of a venerated object. It was later brought to the Supreme Court of the United States as to whether burning the American flag is an offense at all. Protected under the First Amendment as it is seen as “symbolic speech,” it is…

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    John Hart Ely was a Law Professor at Harvard University in 1973, during that time he wrote a case study in the Harvard law Review FLAG DESECRATION: A CASE STUDY IN THE ROLES OF CATEGORIZATION AND BALANCING IN FIRST AMENDMENT that provides a basic framework for judicial resolution for flag desecration. Katherine Gelber is an Associate Professor in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. In this article she asses the responses in political…

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