Flag Burning Amendment
CAPITOL HILL (AP) - The House votes today on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban desecration of the flag.I personally am not against burning the flag. I don't think people should be locked up for doing so. It is a free speech issue.
The issue has come up in Congress on a regular basis ever since the Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag is a constitutionally protected form of free speech.
Supporters of the amendment, like Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey, say that "to burn a flag is to disrespect America."
Opponents say the amendment isn't needed, noting that flag burning incidents are few and far between.
Congressman Gary Ackerman says the amendment would infringe on free speech. He says the reason the American flag is different is because "it stands for burning the flag."
While the proposed amendment has always passed the House, it has never gotten the two-thirds vote needed to get through the Senate.
My solution is to not prosecute anyone who kicks the crap out of some moron burning the flag. Reduced sentences for pounding flag burners. If they have the guts to burn a flag in public, they should have the guts to take the consequences from those who love our Country's flag!
I don't like the precident set by the outlawing of flag burnings. Then we're going to have movements to outlaw the burning of certain books... especially Holy Books... see where I'm going with this?
Err on the side of Freedom Preservation.
Update: House results are in
House Approves Flag-Burning Amendment