Why should it be a crime to burn something when we live in a supposedly free country? What if someone accidentally burns some newspaper in their fireplace that has a picture of the American flag on the second page? It's ridiculous. The flag is a symbol and nothing more. If someone wants to make a statement from doing it, then fine again, that's their right as an American.
America's flag is a symbol of its greatness, democracy and freedom. Burning the flag is akin to denouncing these values that are symbols of the country. The flag should be respected and revered. Burning or desecrating the flag in any way should be considered an offense to freedom and democracy and should therefore be considered a crime.
There are better ways of voicing your political opinion aside from burning the symbol of our nation.
And burning a flag is not symbolic of disagreeing with a government choice, it's symbolic of disagreeing with the entire nation and everyone in it.
Also it is the flag of the military, the flag of the people looks different so burning the common U.S flag is going against your fellow countryman, and military.
Stop supporting such wimpy, no-neck, cowardly garbage and show some respect.
Not even the founding fathers would burn flags of other countries.
Since we were little kids at least my parents always taught me to keep the flag off the ground that it was sacred. Also what about the people dying in Iraq or Afghanistan for us. There are countless different times were soldiers have died trying to keep the flag from touching the ground it should be the same for us.
If we allow people to burn the flag how do you think that will go over? Yes we are supposed to respect the minds of the minority but when they decide to disrespect what so many people have fought for then what? If we support the minority what about everyone else opinions! I strongly believe that nobody should EVER BURN THE AMERICAN FLAG! You can call me a strong nationalist but i am what i am and that is standing up for my country and what we fought so long for.
The American Flag is a symbol of the American people and our freedom and our history. It is sacred to most Americans and to me. It may be a cloth, but it is not just a cloth it's a symbol of our unification and republic. We have freedom of speech and I support that, but I do not support burning the very flag that hundreds of thousands of Americans have died and shed blood for. It's not only dishonoring them, but our nation as a whole.
People should really pay more respect to our countries because its disrespectful to burn the flag. Yes we all know its a cloth. But to more people it is more than that it lets people know that the flag is a symbol of freedom and it shouldn't be burned!!!!!!! :)
Let me drop some knowledge. The American flag represents America. As silly as that may sound to some folks, it's true. This flag represents all of our country, and burning it implies that you do not agree with the country as a whole and all of the people in it. It is completely disrespectful and totally inappropriate. Good day.
You are violating your allegiance to the U.S. by burning the flag, and this could be classified as treason. Also, while we do have the right to freedom of speech, that right is not completely free or unregulated. For example: I cannot harass you. I cannot threaten to kill you. I cannot say that I want to kill the president. I cannot scream fire in a movie theatre. I cannot shout bomb on a plane. I cannot lie in court. I cannot bring false testimony or slander public figures. Therefore, the first amendment does not guarantee complete and total freedom of speech. I cannot threaten to kill the president or overthrow the government, so I should not be able to burn the American flag.
As a national symbol for a nation, tarnishing its significance by marring it, or by using it disrepectfully as a prop to confer legitimacy (even by Congress) is disgraceful deceptive advertising.
Properly used, it would be used officially only by duly elected presidents, and by bands and military flying the colors. Any other use is apt to be illegitimate, particularly when used as prop for subliminal advertising for potential wannabe candidates for President to give an aire of importance to their speaking events.
The U.S constitution guarantees free speech to the individuals. Any law against flag burning, of any nation, is violating a persons freedom of speech. While it's not illegal to burn the U.S flag, people who do so in America must also anticipate consequences and criticisms from the public.
The burning of the U.S. flag is a form of speech, which is protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It poses absolutely no threat to national security, nor is it a form of libel or slander. Since it is not harmful to either national security or intentionally and falsely damaging to anybody's reputation, it should not be a criminal offense.
I think it's dangerous to ascribe sacred meaning to national symbols or any other symbol. This incites people to 'die for the flag' which is after all just a scrap of cloth. I think these symbols are used to brainwash people, to elicit a Pavlovian response that makes debate useless and renders sane arguments impotent. Fight for a cause, not a symbol.
Americans fought hard in the revolution from England. They wanted this nation to be free. How then can we take an act of free speech and punish it as a crime? Destroying national monuments is, and should be a crime. But a flag, which is just a one in a billion copy, can and should be burned whenever someone wishes. After all, it's just a cloth.
Why the heck do any of you care if someone else is burning a flag. If you think it is wrong don't do it but mind your own business. You are all a bunch of nosy people who feel the need to control the actions of everyone else. The American flag will mean nothing if you burn it because America, the free country, has grown so corrupt that you can't burn a flag. You all have no business trying to tell me what I can or can't do. Being free means that you can disrespect the nation and the people in it. Patriot mans fighting for freedom so that makes me more of a patriot than all of you. The day that burning a dumb flag is illegal is the day our countries flag is absolutely meaningless. I am also suck of reading all of this junk about how you are disrespecting soldiers. You all have been horribly mislead and the founding fathers are looking down on this blog right now so be careful what you say.
The burning of the American flag, in spirit, has nothing to do with dishonoring the country, her people. Or her soldiers, It does have everything to do with disrespecting and rebelling against the policies, laws, injustices, and corruption of the nations leadership. I see it as equal to tossing tea into the sea.
When being wrong or right anything OPINIONATED is useless in the court of law. Fact being any law against flag burning directly interferes with the first amendment (specifically freedom of speech) which automatically makes it null and void. The system is built so anything that conflicts with the amendments are useless, end of story.
It should not not be a crime to burn the flag because people have different religions that might be against the flag. Like they probably think that the american flag is a symbol to them. We have our freedom of expression. We have the right to express our feelings so we can express our feelonigs against the flag if we wanted to. Eventhough it is wrong to some people, others do not think the same. Everyone has different thoughts about certain things.
It should not be a crime to burn the US flag; it should rather be encouraged. First off: since the 1940's, the US have killed around 10,431,000 people in the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings, the Vietnam war, the 1973 Chilean coup d'état and many other. Give me one reason to show any respect for a nation responsible for that amount of casualties. For me, that is pretty much the same as sympathising with any genocidal dictatorship. Also, America is not free. We like to pretend it is, but it isn't and this shows why: if you are not patriotic, if you object against the nation that controls nearly the entire world and continues to commit crimes they are never held responsible for, people want you arrested. When I was going to visit America in the mid 80's I had serious trouble getting in only because I was a member of some far leftist/socialist organisations. Does that sound like freedom to you? Why should I show respect for a nation like that? For me, burning the US flag and objecting against the US in other ways is the only alternative under these circumstances.
Flag burning, though controversial and held in disdain by many, is simply a way for people to express their thoughts and feelings through an action. The flag does represent a country, but it is our constitutional right, as Americans, to be able to express ourselves. The Texas v. Johnson case even ruled it an example of "symbolic speech," so indeed, flag burning should be allowed.