Before you go any further, you have to read this. And you have to understand it. Don't just click "OK" without reading it.
I'm not a flag burner. I don't plan to burn the flag. I respect the flag. I even agree with people who say that flag burning is ineffective, mis-directed, or "improper."
I'm not "Anti-America."
Some people choose to burn the flag. It is a controversial topic because some people are offended by that action. Supreme Court rulings have upheld that peaceful flag desecration is a form of political speech that should be protected by our Constitution. I agree.
So I'm not even trying to change anything. I like these laws the way they are. I'm not fighting, or rallying, or trying to mess things up. I'm trying to keep them "American."
Some people would like peaceful political protestors who burn the flag to be thrown in prison. That's not the kind of action that a "free country" takes.
The worst part of all is that we can't pass and enforce laws against flag burning unless we modify the US Constitution and remove an important part of the First Amendment.
Some people are trying to do just that. And if the only reason is to stop a few 'hippie protestor' from burning flags, it's a very mis-directed effort. They claim they want to "protect the flag," but the reason most flag-burnings protestors burn the flag is to protest flag-burning laws. Very few people protest against wars and taxes by desecrating the flag. It's time our Senators just let the issue drop.
Allright. Now you know how I feel. I have put this site together as a resource for people who are doing research for school about Texas v Johnson, flag desecration, or the Supreme Court. It contains a lot of history, a bibliography, some essays and editorial cartoons, and a bunch of other stuff. It's for people who are interested in flag burning laws, the actions of the Senate, and whether they can legally throw away those little flags they bought for their car windows.*
If you're OK with that, and you want to know more, and you promise not to send me death threats, you may enter the site now.
* No, you can't throw those little flags away. The only "respectable" way to dispose of a worn or soiled flag is to give it a ceremonial and dignified retirement, preferably by burning it. Ironically, the American Legion and Boy Scouts burn thousands of flags every year in respectful retirement ceremonies. The only difference between their actions, and the actions of a long-haired hippie protestor are the thoughts in the minds of the two. Do you want to live in a country that arrests people for "anti-American thoughts?" I sure don't.