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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some Missouri Congress members are again pushing for a constitutional amendment protecting the U.S. flag.
An amendment sponsored by Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton would give Congress the "power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag."
Originally posted by mikerussellus
It makes me sick as hell to see people burning or desicrating our flag.
That being said, I would also fight like hell for the freedom that allows it.
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Americans revere their flag as a symbol of the Nation. Indeed, it is because of that reverence that the amendment is under consideration. Few countries in the world would think of amending their Constitution for the purpose of protecting such a symbol ... If they are destroying a flag that belongs to someone else, that's a prosecutable crime. If it is a flag they own, I really don't want to amend the Constitution to prosecute someone for foolishly desecrating their own property. We should condemn them and pity them instead.
-- Gen. Colin Powell
We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so we dilute the freedom that this cherished emblem represents.
-- Justice William J. Brennan