Right to Burn the Flag

The House today approved the Flag Burning Amendment, it now goes on to the Senate where if 2/3 of the Senate approves, to goes to the states to be radified, if 38 states do so within seven years it becomes an amendment.

This of course is bad news and hopefully it won't get out of the Senate. While I'm no fan of flag burning, it's perfectly within someone's right to do so. They aren't harming anyone and merely just expressing themselves as they are allowed to do according to the First Amendment. Another way to look at it would be to say that soldiers have defended this country to protect our rights to burn the flag.

The language of the amendment is a bit worrisome too: "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." Does that mean one cannot write on the flag? One cannot alter the flag in any way? I'm sure there will be more on this tomorrow.

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