Flag burning – Crime or Free Speech?
I am a proud American. I own an American flag. I fly it proudly on various days throughout the year. I stand at the singing of the National Anthem. I bow my head during a moment of silence.
Why then, do I consider it a crime, and not free speech, to burn the American flag? Personally, I find it very offensive, especially when done on American soil.
- Some say it contradicts free speech. No one said you couldn’t speak your mind … but you don’t need to burn my flag.
- Some say it’s a way to voice your displeasure about the government. No one said you couldn’t voice your displeasure (heaven knows I agree) … but you don’t need to burn my flag.
- Some say it’s just cloth. No one said you can’t destroy your belongings … but you don’t need to burn my flag.
Congress has determined that it is covered by THE FIRST AMENDMENT (freedom of speech).
- Do you realize that it’s considered a slap in the face for Veterans?
- Do you realize that if you hate the country that much, please, just leave?
- Do you realize that to enable someone’s right to burn it, it disables someone’s right to respect it?
With July 4th nearly upon us, I would love to hear your thoughts …