Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Memorial Day Flag Burning

I'm sure most of you have heard about the burning of flags on Memorial Day. As much as it disgusts me, I was reminded of a very good point today. The men and women we were remembering, are prepared to lay down their lives for someone's right to burn that flag. As despicable an act as it is, it is a right that you are granted thanks to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.

In short, if you burn a flag, you disgust me. But I will also lay my life down to defend your right to do so.

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  1. While it is true that men and women around the world defend the right of free speech, to include flag burning, what happened was not a statement of free speech. Free speech is bought and paid for with the blood of Patriots, and it empowers the citizens of our country in ways that others, around the world, will never be able to experience. However with power comes responsibility. The flags were not owned by the individuals that desecrated them. It would be the same as if they had destroyed your car and set it on fire in your drive way. So before you defend those that did this asked yourself if you would want a flag in your yard or attached to your house set on fire, while you and your family slept inside.

  2. There are limits to free speech, just because it isn't currently illegal to burn a flag doesn't equate to justification.
    Notice I'm careful to refer it as "isn't illegal" because I recoil at thought of describing flag burning as temporarily legal until the US Supreme Court reverses itself.
    When the boundaries of free speech are exceeded it is typically known as a hate crime, flag burning isn't different.