Date registered: Jan 2005
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Location: Yukon, OK
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RE: Should flaf burning be banned?
In the same Supreme Court session years ago, the court ruled "flag burning and abuse" statutes unconstitutional as violating free speach, while at the same time ruling states' laws against nude dancing in clubs constitutional on the grounds that the "speach" involved could be done with pasties and a "G" string! Had I been on the court, I would have ruled exactly the oposite on both cases!
The flag is not a sacred item, but (to me) is symbolic of all the veterans who (at the very least) gave up years of their lives in service and (at the very most) lost their lives. So improper burning or abuse of the flag does insult me.
As I said above, if such acts were ever to become illegal, the penalty should be small. Insulting me, and folks like me, just isn't a capital crime!
And further, I don't see the need for a bunch of laws forbidding something that nobody is actually doing! I haven't heard of a "flag burning " in a demonstration in this country for over 30 years. It's kind of like calling for a law forbidding us from sticking our genitils in a buz saw. Nobody is doing it, so why outlaw it?