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Section 006 Comp 1010 G Amendment 28 Picture in your mind an image of America. The amounts of images are limitless, but in just about every picture there, either in the foreground or background, would be the American flag, waving proudly perched atop a flag-pole. Never in any imagined picture would there be an American flag being desecrated. Yet time and time again, we see hundreds of protesters burning the American flag, expressing in their own way, freedom of speech. Is it really freedom of speech? Did our soldiers die in defense of our county so we could desecrate a sacred symbol of America? There are always two sides to a story, and in this case both sides have a valid point. Bottom line, burning the flag is desecration, it shouldn’t be covered by the first amendment, and it undermines the integrity of America. "Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants….Equally clear is the right to hear. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” Frederick Douglas. The fact of the matter is that burning or desecrating the flag is protected by the first amendment, and is backed by two Supreme Court cases. The first case that upheld flag burning was Texas v. Johnson. Gregory Johnson had organized a communist protest march through the streets of Dallas during
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at North Texas.

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