I've never burned a flag before but I've never had a reason this good.
To protest this I've started a pledge to burn a flag on the 4th of July
if they pass this ammendment: I want to reach 90 people as soon as possible so that I can Email my senators and show them this ammendment will get
more flags burned than ever before. Help me out by posting this on at least one other forum/blog/myspace bulletin.
Flag-Burning Amendment One Vote From Passage
The U.S. Senate is one vote away from passing a constitutional amendment that would criminalize desecration of the U.S. flag.
If successful, it will mark the first time in 214 years that the Bill of Rights has been restricted by a constitutional amendment, and will place the
United States among a select group of nations that have banned flag desecration, including Cuba, China, Iran, and Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Three
reasons to oppose the flag amendment:
Flag burning is a non-problem: As Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) has said, I dont want to amend the Constitution to solve a non-problem. People are not
burning the flag. One study found just 45 reported incidents in the over 200 years between 1777 and 1989, when the Flag Protection Act was first
Flag burning is protected speech: The Supreme Court has twice ruled that destruction of the flag for political purposes, although highly offensive to
most Americans, is undeniably a political statement and a political expression.
Amendment is vaguely worded: The amendment is phrased in such broad and vague language that it could include censorship of images of the flag in works
of art, advertising, or commerce. Last week, the Senate spent time debating whether wearing a very skimpy bathing suit decorated with the flags stars
and stripes would constitute desecration.
Now, aided by a handful of Democrats, the amendment has gathered 66 votes in favor, just one shy of passage. Whether advocates can find the 67th vote
to send the flag amendment to the states for ratification remains unclear.
ThinkProgress has compiled a list of veterans, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who have offered their opposition to the flag burning