The Flag-burning Amendment
The Flag-burning Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution. The change would enable the United States Congress to outlaw the physical desecration of United States flag. The concept of flag burning elicit heated debate over protecting free speech, protecting liberty and safeguarding national symbol represented by the national flag. The change would have great significance, both politically and constitutionally. Due to various reasons, America should not add an Amendment to the Constitution to prohibit the burning of the American Flag.
The purpose of U.S government, as suggested by the Founding Fathers, is to defend the rights of individuals. The rights are truths that are “undeniable and sacred.” These rights are also “inherent and inalienable.” The rights are captured in the Bill of Rights section. All the rights seek to ensure that innocent people are not forced against their will. Amendment that bans flag burning does not protect any right. Flag does not have any right. Consequently, the Amendment of Flag-burning should not be allowed to override the freedom of expression. Proposed flag burning amendment in not only in conflict with the ideals of freedoms but also unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court has appreciated the fact that the 1st Amendment in the U.S constitution protects some form of symbolic speech. Flag burning is a form of symbolic speech. A person who privately owns a flag should be allowed to burn it, especially if the action is a kind of protest. So long as the burning of the flag does not infringe other rights or destroy property, the government cannot forbid this action without violating speech rights. In a landmark case, the court ruled that Flag burning constitute symbolic expression stipulated in the First Amendment.
Liberty is a concrete concept. People that have the liberty possess the ability to do what they wish. However, such people are not allowed to infringe other people’s rights. The American Flag is a symbol of liberty. In fact, the flag is a symbol of people’s right to burn it if they see that fit. Therefore, any law that prohibits flag burning contradicts the symbol of the flag.
In conclusion, the America should not add an Amendment to the Constitution to prohibit the burning of the US flag. The ban will upset the freedom of expression. In addition, the amendment will be contrary to the liberty concept.
The American flag is a symbol of genocide.
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.
Making it a crime to burn a flag is contradictory of free speech.
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.
It's just a piece of cloth, and this comes under 1st amendment right of expression.
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.
Burning the American flag is the ultimate symbol of free speech and should not be a crime.
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.
Flag-burning is a form of free speech, and therefore should not be a crime.
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.
Mind your own business
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.
Why have freedom at all.
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.
The first Amendment
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 be a crime to burn the flag
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.
Although it is unpatriotic, I believe that burning the American flag should fall under freedom of speech, and thus should not be a crime.
It should not be a crime to be unpatriotic. Burning the American flag does not hurt anyone as long as they are not near the fire. Most crimes are based on hurting people or the possibility of hurting people; murder, DUI, etc. Though burning the flag may seem to some people an act of disrespect, it is usually not illegal to be disrespectful... so clearly, it should not be a crime to burn the American flag.