Flag desecration

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  • Flag Desecration Research Paper

    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 such crimes subject to penalty (Whitman). This law changed, however, as late in the 1900 's, a man named Gregory Lee Johnson was convicted for burning the flag during a Republican Convention. Although he was initially convicted, the Supreme Court later…

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  • Essay On Flag Desecration

    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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  • Flag Desecration

    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 Essay

    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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  • What Is Texas Flag Desecration

    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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  • Gregory Lee Johnson Case Analysis

    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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  • The Pros And Cons Of Flag Burning

    The time finally came when flag burning became a federal offense, Congress passing this law around the time the Vietnam War started. Late in the 1900 's, a man named Gregory Lee Johnson was convicted for burning the flag during a Republican Convention. Although he was initially convicted, the Supreme Court later decided that the freedom of expression permits him to burn the flag. A huge dispute broke out in Elk Grove High School in the post Eichman-era as to whether or not a mural depicting a…

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  • Freedom Of Speech Case Study

    Freedom of speech is a right that is granted to all American citizens, but even though it is a right in the first amendment many people take it for granted and some take it too far. The Phelps family are of those who took their right of freedom of speech and used it in a negative way. The Phelps family are the founders of the Westboro Baptist church, yet their practice of religion has nothing in relation to common Baptist churches. The Phelps family practice a rather negative form of protesting…

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  • Freedom Of Speech: The Texas Vs. Johnson Case

    The first amendment protects freedom of speech, but does it give somebody the right to burn the flag? Gregory Lee Johnson was sentenced one year in prison and was fined $2,000 for burning the U.S flag at a convention in Dallas in 1984. The Texas vs. Johnson case was taken to Supreme Court and the court has determined that burning the flag is a criminal offense, they also had to prove how it isn’t related to the first amendment, and how prohibiting the desecration of the flag was narrowly…

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  • Gregory Johnson Case

    Johnson burned a flag as others chanted. Johnson was prosecuted for flag desecration that violated a state statute. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed Johnson’s conviction, and held that flag burning was an expression of speech. Texas appealed to the Supreme Court (O’Brien 702). 3. Questions of the Court Is flag burning protected by the First Amendment? 4. Holding Yes. The decision was 5-4 in favor of Gregory Johnson 5. Opinions of the Court Justice Brennan delivered the Opinion of…

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