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WASHINGTON July 20, 2004 — A Senate panel approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that would ban the burning of the American flag, but opponents of the measure say there's not enough support in the full, GOP-controlled Senate to push through a change to the Constitution. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a one-line change to the Constitution "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States" on an 11-7 vote, which pushes the issue to the full Senate.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
While I am a war veteran and have the utmost of respect for our flag, I can understand that the flag can mean different things to different people.
I can also see if some citizens may use it as a symbol of the government and burn it to show their displeasure with the government.
This is America and we are free to have and voice our opinions, and I believe that burning of the flag probably falls into this freedom.
I don't condone it but as an American I can understand why it occurs, and don't think that there should be an ammendment to prohibit it from happening.
There are much more important issues that face this country and I would much rather see our Congress work to solve substantive issues and do their job for the people.
Originally posted by koji_K
the flag is a symbol, just as burning a flag is a symbol also. to ban an act symbolic of discontent with america seems to be a violation of the right to free expression.
(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkin or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.