Flag Burning - a Persuasive Essay

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Name Professor Class Date Freedom of Speech: Flag Burning Flag burning has been one of the most controversial forms of nonviolent protests. It is often linked with the Middle East and Hezbollah with depictions of Arabs against President Bush burning the American flag. Americans are intimidated and threatened by this action, but that does not make it illegal. Supreme Court rulings have upheld that peaceful flag desecration is a form of political speech that should be protected by our Constitution (Flag Burning Myths). This decision is the most logical. Even with all of the disruption this act may cause, flag burning should not be banned. Before even arguing to keeps the laws the way they are, take a look at the logic that is…show more content…
Johnson was punished by having to serve a one year jail sentence and a fine for two thousand dollars (Oyez). After he paid his fine and served his jail time, he took his case to the Supreme Court where it was fount that desecration of the flag was protected as a freedom of expression under the First Amendment (Oyez). This was the landmark case that defined flag burning and the Courts logically stated “that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable” (Oyez). Flag burning is not intended to represent violence; that is not to be confused with protest. There needs to be a proper time, place and valid reason to show support for a certain view. There should be little to no tollerance for “attempts to incite voilence and create a hostile environment” (When Hezbollah). A person cannot go with irrational anger to shove his two-cents down the throats of all the surrounding people. Flag burning is to be thought of more as a demonstration to attract attention and spread around an ucommon thought reather than a disruption in society. A large group of people have correlating opinions with the world-reknownd transcendentalist author Hendry David Thoreau. Thoreau states in his work Civil Disobedience that “all men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegience to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny

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