haha... LOL. what an idiot! i saw a few people on t.v. burning a flag and they almost got lit up because they poured too much gas on it. ignorance. side note: some guy at Emory University here in Atlanta burned a flag during his school radioshow and his ass got kicked when he left the campus...
Originally posted by Annie Weaver comes back: One person's freedom ends where another's begins. Burning a flag can be considered a political expression; beating up somebody is a violent crime, and is not a legal form of expression.
On a side-note, its interesting that India does *not* give its citizens the freedom/right to fly the Indian flag on their personal property except on special occassions (like indy day).. Only govt. buildings/cars can fly fly the flag... Its pretty ridiculous.
You bet it sounds Ridiculous!!! But, there's a reason behind that law. Our country has every now and then been burdened with separatist movements. And these separatists know one thing for sure - to burn the flag, burn the copies of the constituion. We do NOT want to have our flag insulted by some loose heads who can not mingle with the mainstream. Bordering on digression, I should mention something here - I read a letter in the newspaper, which supported an individual's right to burning the flag, the sole reason being "when asked by others as to why I do not burn my flag, my answer should be respect, and not for the fear breaking the law". I read this letter when I first came to America, and although it subjected me to culture shock sooner than I expected, it was an eye opener for me.
it makes me sick every time i remember that i spent 4 years protecting some sorry-excuse-for-an-american's right to burn my flag... but then i remember that these people are simply starved for attention, and this is their way of getting noticed.
Flag-burning is not always, in legal terms, viewed as a form of political expression. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled on certain expressions as tantamount to "fighting words," not to mention those expressions intended to incite violence or panic. Flag burning, in the cold light of reason, is difficult to categorize that way. But I can't imagine a bench judge who wouldn't look the other way if someone were stupid enough to burn the U.S. on American soil the last 30 days. My right to make a fist may end at your nose, but if you dare me to do it in a way that offends everyone around you and me, chances are you won't get the kind of Justice you want. And of course we all know by now that Justice, like an human principle, is not an absolute one.
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