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Thread: Is flag burning free speech?

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBook View Post
    Yes, it is. I don't get where the room for debate is here.
    I took a law class a few years ago and this ruling was discussed in class... the class was divided on the issue, and it was college class.. lol, so yea, there apparently is room for debate in some people's minds. BTW the one's against flag burning were the loudest majority and an actual applause broke out in the class. WTF

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Absolutely, it is protected as a freedom of speech right. Offensive speech/actions are not only protected, but they are the heart of what the first amendment actually stands for.

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

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    Why?

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    It's an outright rejection of one's country, and a defilement of the symbol of that country, I view it as a rejection of everything that country is, does and stands for, and a person who does burn the flag in protest should be forced to leave or charged with treason. Though I also like flag burning being legal just for irony's sake.
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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    It's an outright rejection of one's country, and a defilement of the symbol of that country, I view it as a rejection of everything that country is, does and stands for, and a person who does burn the flag in protest should be forced to leave or charged with treason. Though I also like flag burning being legal just for irony's sake.
    I find flag burning in bad taste, but I don't think it should be classified as treason. After all, it is just a flag.
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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

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    I find flag burning in bad taste, but I don't think it should be classified as treason. After all, it is just a flag.
    I view it rather symbolically.
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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Yes, but it is like listening to the Village Idiot. You all secretly wish a stray dog will spray him with urine while he is going on his tirade.
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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    I view it rather symbolically.
    It's a symbolic representation of the government, and country, but it isn't actually the government, or the country. Treason would actually involve trying to destroy the actual government, not just a symbolic symbol of said government.
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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    as much I would love to see those people that burn the Flag catch themselves on fire. It's protected speech.

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    It's an outright rejection of one's country, and a defilement of the symbol of that country, I view it as a rejection of everything that country is, does and stands for, and a person who does burn the flag in protest should be forced to leave or charged with treason. Though I also like flag burning being legal just for irony's sake.
    What if they are sent to another country, and they just burn that countries flag too?

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    I can't vote because I'm not USian but I'd like to add a few points.

    A flag can only be used as a weapon in direct proportionality to the the emotional significance that you invest in it. The "offended" project their own personal politics into the flag, the "offensive" recognise this as a tool to antagonise them. If your whole political belief system hinges on a piece of coloured cotton then you get the offence you deserve.

    I don't believe that anyone has the right to "not be offended". If you find flag burning "offensive" then too bad, get over yourself, other people have a right to express themselves freely as long as they are not physically harming anyone.

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