As of now you are the future president of The United States of America. With that title comes the responsibilities such as controlling foreign affairs, economic issues, and upholding civil rights. With all that said, you can see why it took many by surprise when you used “Twitter” as a means of spreading the message that in a situation where the burning of the American flag takes place, consequences like being jailed for one year and being striped of citizenship should be inforced. Although having pride in one’s nation is important, the act of flag burning should not be punishable; therefore, flag burning should be respected as a form of free expression. To begin it is important to note, that flag burning is and has been since the beginning, protected by the U.S Constitution.
Texas v. Johnson (1989) was a Supreme court case deciding whether or not flag burning is supported by “symbolic speech” protected by the first amendment. Gregory Lee Johnson is caught burning the American flag in Dallas, Texas in 1989 to protest Ronald Reagan`s policies. When Johnson had burned the flag during the protest the state of Texas arrested him for desecrating a venerated object. Although Johnson did not hurt or threaten to hurt anyone witnesses and spectators claimed to be seriously offended by seeing Johnson burn the flag. Most of the people in the courtroom were sided with Gregory Johnson supporting the fact that flag burning is considered as symbolic speech which is protected by the first amendment.
Majority Opinion-Texas Why would Johnson want to burn something as treasured as our American Flag? The American Flag`s value as a symbol is something that cannot be measured. In Texas, there is a law that states that you cannot burn the American Flag, because it taints the vision of the pride and respect that people see for the flag. So the majority opinion of this court is to uphold the decision of Texas because,” the value of the flag as a symbol cannot be measured,” it could cause riots and hardships, and burning the flag tarnishes its view for the people who cherish the idea of the flag flying high.
"We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves. " How does this relate to the stories we have read? We are going to look at "The Lottery", "Texas v. Johnson", and "American flag stands for tolerance". Also we are going to talk about the acceptance characters do or do not show in these stories. In the stories many characters show the acceptance of others and many do not show acceptance.
Should the Confederate flag be banned on public property? The Confederate flag is one of the greatest controversial, provocative icons of American culture, and even has a significant presence out of the country. There is proof to suggest that just observing the Confederate flag makes a person act fairly more racist. Some people believe that the Confederate flag is racist.
Summary of the case In 1989 Congress passed the Flag Protection Act, which made it clear that any individual who “knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or the ground, or tramples upon” an American Flag can be prosecuted (get a fine or risk jail for year). The Act was passed after Supreme Court had made a law, which said that all flag destruction was forbidden. The law violated the 1st Amendment about free expression. Congress found a solution by passing the Flag Protection Act.
Since the early 20th Century, prayer in school has been a huge argument, and is still one of the most heated arguments in today’s society. The debate came about in 1948, when the Supreme Court handed down its first decision on the issue of religion in public schools, ruling in McCollum v Board of Education that it is unconstitutional to conduct religious education within public school buildings (Cohen par. 5). Many people stated that principals did not want the non-Christian students to feel uncomfortable, but did they ever think that not praying in schools could make the Christians students uncomfortable? Not letting students pray in school violates the 1st Amendment.
The Confederate flag, born from slavery and rebellion, continues to serve as a symbol of racism, discrimination, and white supremacy towards minorities. Despite the flag’s importance historically in Southern heritage and history, the banning of the Confederate flag is a necessary step to equality in the United
The Confederate flag is a contentious topic, creating a great amount of controversy. Recently, especially, over the course of this year, the question on whether U.S. citizens should be allowed to display the Confederate flag has been addressed throughout our society. Individuals who are in favor and defend the battle of the Confederate flag, state that this is only a symbol that represents their heritage and early America. However, this flag can additionally be as a symbol of hate. For instance, with reason, numerous American citizens believe this flag represents white supremacy and is extremely offensive.
The United States Declaration of Independence states that "when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government" Our nation was a phoenix that rose from the ashes of a monarchy through a resistance that had grown into a revolution. The result of our founding fathers resistance was a nation, a nation that held promises of freedom and equality for all of it’s citizens yet bitterly was not at all close to equality and justice for all. The gruesome and haunting past of America's oppressive history lingers in the socio-political infrastructures which control and drive our government and society. Our nation, horrifically and
The Confederate Flag has been around for hundreds of years. It has harmed nobody, but it has sparked a debate that has almost divided the country in half over its true meaning. The Confederate Flag was introduced in 1861 as part of the civil war. The flag represented 11 southern states that seceded from the union. The country in which it represented was the Confederate States of America.
If Donald Trump had his way “People who burn the flag should have their citizenship revoked or spend a year in jail.” The flag of the United States of America represents freedom. Burning the flag is a sign of disrespect to the country and to the people who served and died trying to protect it. Just because people have a right of free speech don't not mean they have the right to burn the United States Flag.