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Flag burning should be prohibited. The American flag is a symbol of our country and should be given respect. Many people say that the 1st Amendment (Freedom of Speech) protects the right to burn or otherwise desecrate the flag, but actions and speech seem to me to be different things altogether. The flag has played important roles in the history of our country and should be viewed with respect.
Flag burning should be a taboo, but it should not be illegal in a so-called free country. Flag burning is a symbolic gesture that represents unhappiness and protest with the current state of American politics, be it oppressive laws or unjust wars. We have freedom of speech in this country, and we have every right to burn a flag if we see it a necessary statement.
Follow my logic here: You want to burn the American flag for whatever disgusting and disrespectful reason. You say that you're allowed to because of the 1st Amendment. The 1st Amendment is arguably the most respected law in the United States. The U.S. gave you the authority to burn its own flag. So, because the U.S. gave you permission to burn the flag, you shouldn't burn the flag in the first place. By prohibiting it, you can still burn the flag but without the backing of the 1st Amendment.
The U.S. National Flag represents the freedom of speech that thousands of soldiers died for. Alright, let's bring out an example. Let's say that you are a soldier, your friend died, and you're extremely hurt. You're finally allowed back home with your family, to see that people are burning the flag, for which your comrade died, and you were critically hurt. The flag is not something you use to protest, because the flag doesn't represent the government, it represents the people, because it was the soldiers that died for our freedom of speech. So, by burning the flag, you're not only being disrespectful, but ungrateful. Saudi Arabia is a country where women lack basic rights, and religion dictates law.
The flag has meaning. Unfortunately, there are people who do not understand what they are doing when they burn their own flag.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
-First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America
Do you know who bans flag burnings? North Korea, China, and Saudi Arabia! Flag burning should be allowed! The worst thing burning a flag does is hurt people's feelings. Aren't the people calling for it to be illegal to burn a flag the same people who tell others to get thicker skin? Just saying!
A flag is just a piece of fabric. It doesn't guarantee your rights or freedoms. People do that through a system of gov't & its laws. Just as the uniform of the soldier doesn't protect you, the person wearing the uniform does. Countries such as China, the former USSR, former Soviet block nations of Eastern Europe, the current countries of India & Kenya, all have laws prohibiting flag desecration with punishments of 4 plus years to life imprisonment. Currently Iran, North Korea, & Libya have the death penalty for flag desecration. All of these countries have laws that also prohibit the desecration of civil authority flags & the questioning of the gov't. To pass just one law limiting our freedoms is to restrict all freedoms. Every serviceman in this country swore an oath to protect the Constitution not the flag. Flag desecration is a form of protest & should be legal. Don't give evil & corrupt politicians, like Obama & Hillary, more ammo to pit freedom loving Americans in prison.
The idea of flag desecration or flag burning goes hand-in-hand with the First Amendment. The main reason for flag burning demonstrations is due to the high level of animosity within certain groups of people, which lead to those groups protesting against the unfairness they believe is being given out by a nation. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Said "The greatness of America is the right to protest for rights."
Is flag burning symbolically disrespectful to the country? Yes. But it is the constitutional right for those upset with the political state of America to say something about it. Not to mention, if we allow the federal government to ban flag-burning, and subsequently violate the first amendment, what else would it be able to ban? Critical newspapers? Books? A flag-burning ban would set precedents for the U.S. federal government to commit censorship on far greater scales
If you burn a flag that's just what you probably do because you feel like it. But it should not be illegal for you are free to do whatever you feel like doing but there is a limit. Like stealing, but not important right now so you shouldn't outlaw flag burning.
Burning the flag is considered freedom of speech. It's a way of saying what you believe. There is nothing in the constitution that is against burning the flag. If that is what someone thinks is right then they have the freedom in america to do so. People die everyday for the freedom of our country even if it is burning the flag. It's messed up don't get me wrong but we are free to do as we want and think is good.
Flag burning should not be prohibited for two reasons. First, it is the correct way to dispose of a U.S. flag according to the Title 4 of the US Code Chapter 1 Sec. 8(k). Second, flag burning should be covered under our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech. Is it offensive? Yes. Should it be prohibited? No.
Slippery slopes tend to be slippery, and frankly, our government has spent the last decade or so proving that it cannot be trusted to safeguard liberty at the expense of gaining more over site and control. I don't care about flag burners, i care about the NSA tapping every digital communication on the planet.
While I do not agree with the act of flag burning, it is something that should be protected under free speech. As long as somebody isn't burning the flag in a public place that can be dangerous for other people, citizens should have the right to do it without getting into trouble.