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dthmstr254
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Daddy_Warbux
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Proper flag retirement procedures should be legal

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/14/2008 Category: Society
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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dthmstr254

Pro

I know that on my profile I say flag burning should be illegal, so I think I must clarify my position on this subject.

I was raised in the knowledge of the proper way to retire an aging flag (whether faded, ripped, or otherwise damaged). The process was done by first cutting each stripe from the flag, from bottom to top, and burning the stripes, stating which of the 13 colonies it represented, then taking the field of blue and burning it as well. It was a tradition started by our forefathers because, outside of a warzone, they believed that the flag we boasted was to show that our country would not fade away and that unity would continue. Today, I sit in a library that is desperately in need of a new flag, but since flag burning has been criminalized in all forms, the retirement of a flag has also been criminalized. We need to re-legalize the prober retirement of the American flag and replace the damaged or worn flags seen in most public government facilities with new flags that show that we are still proud to be Americans.
Daddy_Warbux

Con

In Texas v. Johnson, the Supreme Court case of 1989, invalidated laws against flag burning in 48 of 50 states. Despite proposals since then for a flag burning ammendment, it has never been passed in the Senate. Therefore "but since flag burning has been criminalized in all forms" is an untrue statement. Texas v. Johnson protected flag burning, establishing that it is free speech.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

"After publicly burning an American flag as a means of political protest, Gregory Lee Johnson was convicted of desecrating a flag in violation of Texas law. This case presents the question whether his conviction is consistent with the First Amendment. We hold that it is not." -Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.
http://www.bc.edu...

I understand that you are not saying that the flag should be burned in protest. But if you choose to say "our country would not fade away" by burning the flag, you are free to do so.

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 1
dthmstr254

Pro

dthmstr254 forfeited this round.
Daddy_Warbux

Con

Since my opponent has failed to post the next argument, I will respond to Duconihilum's comment below.

I would do exactly as you said, Duconihilum, but I chose to debate what dthmstr254 had written in his first argument as opposed to the title of the topic. It also seemed as if dthmstr wanted to show that although flag burning is currently illegel, we should make it legal in order to properly retire a flag:

"We need to re-legalize the prober retirement of the American flag," i.e. "first cutting each stripe from the flag, from bottom to top, and burning the stripes, stating which of the 13 colonies it represented, then taking the field of blue and burning it as well"

So, no, I'm not completely sticking to the "Topic of Debate." I consider what's in the "Pro~Round 1" section to be of higher importance.

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 2
dthmstr254

Pro

dthmstr254 forfeited this round.
Daddy_Warbux

Con

Proper flag retirement procedures should not be required, but they already are legal. You decide who won.

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by DucoNihilum 9 years ago
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Um, shouldn't con be arguing something along the lines of 'properly' burning the flag should be illegal? I mean so far con blew away pros argument, but right now pro would just have to make the argument that it is respectful and it should remain legal to win the debate, unless con changes his argument dramatically.
Posted by JustCallMeTarzan 9 years ago
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Um... Texas v. Johnson anyone? Never been overturned... flag burning is legal in 48 of the 50 states.
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