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Thread: Is flag burning free speech?

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Radical Ron View Post
    Flag burning isn't really free speech but what are you going to do? I mean it is the symbol of our great land and I think it's shameful when it is burned in protest.
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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Yes it is free speech.

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    I can't imagine a simpler way of harming one's own cause than burning the American flag in public.
    Use the burning flag to ignite a Koran.

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    There is a huge difference between retiring a flag and burning in protest. When we burn the Flag to retire it's done in a ceremony with the UT most respect to the Flag and to what it represent. When you burn the flag in protest it usually done to show one's disrespect/hatred to what it represent.
    Actually, the burning is supposed to be done in private with no ceremony. Now by no cermony I don't think it means just chunk it on the fire. It should be done with respect and dignity. I take my flags to bonfires I hold and add them there. I find it appropriate that they should help kick off a celebration of freedoms.

    I'll have to find my little book of flag ettequte(sp) and post the actul passage here.

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Am I the only one that just sees a colorful piece of cloth?
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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arcadius View Post
    Am I the only one that just sees a colorful piece of cloth?
    Probably... It's not the "cloth" as you put it but what it symbolize. Symbolism is important to many people.

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Probably... It's not the "cloth" as you put it but what it symbolize. Symbolism is important to many people.
    I agree, but we can't control what symbolism everyone puts into it. Obviously someone who burns the flag considers it to be a symbol, and considers burning it to be symbolic as well. Symbolism is quite important to them as well. They just see it as a different symbol than those who oppose burning the flag.

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I agree, but we can't control what symbolism everyone puts into it. Obviously someone who burns the flag considers it to be a symbol, and considers burning it to be symbolic as well. Symbolism is quite important to them as well. They just see it as a different symbol than those who oppose burning the flag.
    I agree with you. Just letting Arcadius now that the Flag means more to most people one way or another.

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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    The flag means something to me, but free speech means even more. If someone buys a flag to burn, then so be it as it is their property. Does not mean I have to like it but I do have to respect their rights.
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    Re: Is flag burning free speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    I agree with you. Just letting Arcadius now that the Flag means more to most people one way or another.
    Very true.

    It's interesting because I don't personally place any symbolism on the flag. I have no internal reaction whatsoever to seeing it burned, but I would never actually burn one myself because I know that others feel so strongly about it and I because of that I consider it a douchebag-type thing to do.

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