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The House on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to ban desecration of the American flag, a measure that for the first time stands a chance of passing the Senate as well.
By a 286-130 vote - eight more than needed - House members approved the amendment after a debate over whether such a ban would uphold or run afoul of the Constitution's free-speech protections.
The measure was designed to overturn a 1989 decision by the Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 that flag burning was a protected free-speech right. That ruling threw out a 1968 federal statute and flag-protection laws in 48 states. The law was a response to anti-Vietnam war protesters setting fire to the American flag at their demonstrations.
The proposed one-line amendment to the Constitution reads, "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." For the language to be added to the Constitution, it must be approved not only by two-thirds of each chamber but also by 38 states within seven years.
However, it seems it will not be as easy to change as one would like, can we will most likely be lighting joints with flags before it gets passed.
Originally posted by kenshiro2012
This has passed the house at least twice before but it could not get the 2/3rd's vote in the senate. I sincerely hope that it does this time.
I have a hard time believing that our court systems will protect the desecration of the flag which is a symbol of our country but dissallow the desecration of the cross (cross burning) which is a symbol of a religion.
Originally posted by esdad71
The proposed one-line amendment to the Constitution reads, "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States."
Originally posted by Amethyst
BTW whoever said conservatives are compared to Nazis--you mean neo-cons. I'm a true conservative. I'm for states' rights.