posted on Sep, 26 2005 @ 06:44 PM
Originally posted by marg6043
The burning of the American flag is one of the rights given to us by our first amendment of the constitution.
Marg I like reading your posts so please do not take my comments as a attack.
"U.S. Constitution: First Amendment
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or
of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. "
The decision of the Supreme Court to allow flag burning does not give you any rights to burn a flag. It stated that a person can burn a flag as
freedom of speech or expression.
What the SC said is.. you have a right to free speech and flag burning can be applied to that statement.. But the Supreme Court did not come out and
say that you have a "right" under the 1st Amendment
This case came about to the opposition of a Texas law that banned burning of the flag. This was fought all the way up to the supreme court who then
ruled it as opposed to 36 U.S.C. 171-178) The Flag code section.
There are many in this nation who feel that burning a US flag is OK.. but there are also Many in this country who do not feel the same way. I know my
father tought me that the US Flag is not to be used as anything but a Flag.. (Although the little ones and plastic ones were not "flags" in his
eyes) because he ran the local flag service for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.. A WWII Veteran who was raised in the 20's and the 30's
during his childhood.
from what I can see.. the attitudes from todays generation about flag burning is just a way to say that we want to do what we want.. and burning the
flag is one of them. Does it make it right? Not for me to say.. but I myself hate to think of Americans Burning a flag in protest. To me it is a
Terrible way to practice freedom of speech.