Currently, flag burning is not illegal in the United States. The of the United States in its decision from 1969, has ruled that the burning of the flag is protected by the First Amendment. However, the person who burnt the flag can be found guilty of a misdemeanor for starting a fire without a permit.
The burning of the flag had been against the law until 1969. The first U.S. Supreme Court ruling on flag desecration was passed in 1907 in . Most early flag desecration statutes prohibited burning a flag or any other ways of disrespecting the flag.
Later, in 1968, Congress responded to the burning of the American flag in Central Park as a protest to the Vietnam War, by passing the . This law prohibited any display of “contempt” directed against the flag. Thus, burning of the American flag had been illegal until 1969, when the Supreme Court ruled the decision to award First Amendment protection to the burning of the flag.
When Marine Corps veteran Eric Post learned that a group of residents in his town of Portland, Oregon, planned to meet on Inauguration Day to burn the American flag, he invited them to show up at Oregon’s Willamette National Cemetery two days later for a meaningful discussion and debate.
Not surprisingly, not a single flag-burning coward appeared for the debate. The controversy began when Post stumbled upon a despicable Facebook page advertising an “Inauguration Day Flag Burning Extravaganza.”
The despicable Facebook advertisement reads as follows:
“On January 20th, 2017, the American Empire will greatly accelerate into the pit of fascism it has been sinking into from the very beginning. The new murdered-in-chief wants people who burn the flag to lose their citizenship and spend time in jail. Let’s show our disgust for this empire of blood, it’s angry orange emperor, and all of the ignorant inbred goons who make up its power base, by incinerating the cloth rectangle that they worship. Let’s cleanse with flame this red, white, and blue symbol of empire, genocide, and white supremacy, right as orange Mussolini is being sworn into his office as top terrorist of the world. Everyone invite all your friends, bring as many American flags as possible, acquire them however you like, and let’s burn so many that Chump will be able to smell the burning polyester in Washington DC!”
This idiot is a real hero. He needs to be loaded on a slow boat to anywhere outside of this country. He’s even advocating stealing flags to burn.
Troubled by what he saw and read on the page, Post reportedly decided to head out to the meeting site to confront the protesters. Along the way, he chose instead to stop at Willamette National Cemetery to collect his thoughts and share a video message for the protesters.
“I’m disappointed. Most importantly, I’m ashamed for the people that are buried here,” he said in the video, referencing the protesters’ plan. “I know I can’t speak for all of them, but I know I can speak for many of them and many of the family members when I say, ‘That’s disgusting.’”
He then invited the protesters to meet him at the cemetery Sunday: “If you feel like it’s your right to burn the flag, OK, maybe you can meet me up here sometime and we can take a tour and you can learn a little bit about sacrifice and pride and honor.” Of course, none of the cowardly, ignorant and disrespectful flag burners showed up, and why would they have? Truth, dignity, honor and integrity meant nothing to them. They were delinquents, in their grimy hearts and their atrocious actions.
However, this did not stop others from showing up. So many arrived to speak with Post, in fact, that he wound up having to deliver a speech to all of them instead of speaking with them individually.
“The problem that I personally have is when somebody looks at that flag and doesn’t understand the complexity of what it actually is,” he said. “For a loved one, that flag covered the coffin of a loved one coming home. They don’t understand that.”
One group that does understand that is the “.” The showed up at the inauguration to show their report. There were certainly no flags burned in their presence.
Bikers for Trump founder Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. this weekend, which included some violent interactions with protesters. “We had many clashes of our own. We served many knuckle sandwiches. We had a couple of nose rings knocked out of some protesters,” Cox said. shared his experience at President
Cox highlighted one incident, where he said a protester spat on a biker and made an explicit gesture toward him. “The biker gave him a knuckle sandwich, dislodged the nose ring and then he massaged his face with his knuckles several times after that,” he said. “The police witnessed it, they walked up, they believed that the biker had reason to believe the protester was there to do harm to him, and they told the biker to have a nice day.”
Despite the skirmishes with protesters, Cox said not one biker was arrested. “We’ve never had a biker arrested at any of our events. And those were just two of the five encounters that we had with protesters,” he said.
For the past 20 years, the Congress has made seven attempts to overrule the Supreme Court decision regarding the burning of the American flag by passing a constitutional amendment that had an exception to the First Amendment and allowed the government to ban flag desecration. The Amendment was first proposed in 1990 but failed to receive the required two-thirds majority votes of the House. After 1994, when the Republicans took over the Congress, the Amendment has consistently passed in the House but failed in the Senate.
will appoint a Supreme Court nominee that will reverse that ridiculous 1969 decision.
Too many brave men and women have given their lives for that flag, for it to be desecrated, by anybody.