Sunday, December 11, 2005

Burning the flag

For some reason, Hillary Clinton has decided to back a bill. From the article:

In her public statements, she has compared the act of flag-burning to burning a cross, which can be considered a violation of federal civil rights law.

The Bennett-sponsored measure outlaws a protester intimidating any person by burning the flag, lighting someone else's flag, or desecrating the flag on federal property.
So I guess it isn't as straight up bad or simple as it sounded, but it's really not that far from base.

Talking with a friend of mine, he said that he would support such a thing, so I said, you're either for free speech or you're not. Just because you find something offensive doesn't mean you can all of a sudden revoke free speech.

Regarding flag burning in specific, though, it seems to me that political free speech is probably the kind of speech most in need of protecting. Flag burning does seem rather sensationalistic and non-specific, though. I wonder how much, or even if anything, can be accomplished with it.

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