posted on Sep, 2 2006 @ 12:48 PM
In my opinion, the flag is a symbol of this country, and nothing more.
I understand that men died defending the flag and what they thought it meant, and I have the utmost respect for those men who made the ultimate
sacrifice for their country; however, that does not change the fact that I feel it is okay to burn the flag in protest, or the fact that I have done
so on more than one occassion.
Yes, I have burned an American flag.
I know how controversial it sounds, and Im sure some people are going to call me traitorous or any other names they can think of; and to be honest, in
alot of situations, I would agree with you! However, as stated on the first page of this thread, it all comes down to intent.
When I burned my first American Flad I had reservations about doing so. I knew that legally it was my right to do it, I wasnt sure if it was morally
right though. And then I thought about all of those who have died for this country, all those who died protecting the flag and all that she ment to
them. And then I lit the flag.
To me, in my reasoning, it was more patriotic to burn the flag then to hang it over the railing at my apartment. I realized that I was so disgusted
with this country, its leadership, and most of its citizens that burning the flag in protest was actually more of an honor to those who died than
Like I said, it all comes down to intent and the sybolism behind the intent. My personal symbolism and intent arent important in this debate, the only
thing that is important is that you can burn a flag and love it at the same time.