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To burn the flag or not to burn the flag....

by C1ay / March 24, 2004 11:54 AM PST
Q: Should the Constitution be amended to prohibit burning the American flag?

A: Our country is defined by the rights we protect, and those of us who fought for freedom and put our lives on the line defended the right of people to do things that we disagree with. I would not be pleased to see someone burning the flag because I love the flag, but the Constitution that I fought for preserves the right of free expression.



yet he voted for H.R. 2978 To amend section 700 of title 18, United States Code, to protect the physical integrity of the flag. H.R.2978 reads:

This Act may be cited as the `Flag Protection Act of 1989'.

SEC. 2. CRIMINAL PENALTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE PHYSICAL INTEGRITY OF THE UNITED STATES FLAG.

(a) IN GENERAL- Subsection (a) of section 700 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

`(a)(1) Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.


Well, does he support the freedom of speech he claims to support or does he secretly vote to restrict it?

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Re: To burn the flag or not to burn the flag....
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 24, 2004 12:16 PM PST

Hi, Clay.

Civil libertarians are virtually unanimous that this amendment was a bad idea -- which is why it was defeated. And don't tell me about "the will of the people" -- numerous pollls show the Bill of Rights wouldn't win a majority of our citizenry, who don't realize that the Bill of Rights is needed to protect the minority from the majority, not vice versa.

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Re:Re: To burn the flag or not to burn the flag....
by C1ay / March 24, 2004 12:45 PM PST
Civil libertarians are virtually unanimous that this amendment was a bad idea -- which is why it was defeated.

I tend to agree. So why did Kerry vote in favor of it?
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Re:So why did Kerry vote in favor of it?
by jonah jones / March 24, 2004 10:59 PM PST

maybe cos he wanted to help a 'minority' group...

Wink

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Get permission to do it first.............
by Tony Holmes / March 25, 2004 12:23 AM PST
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Re:Get permission to do it first.............What a fantastic link Tony.
by dawillie / March 25, 2004 1:32 AM PST

brought tears to my eyes even though I am Canadian.

I think the flag of any nation is a symbol for all that nation represents and to disfigure it is like spitting on the face of anyone who upholds Liberty and Justice.

and, if someone argues that it is Freedom of Speech then all i can say is that their speech processes are terribly compromised.

david williams
your very proud neighbor to the North.

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