Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Flag Burning "Protests"

What is it with flag burners? Do they really need to express their love of the freedom of speech by burning something that is symbolic of the country, which hundred of thousands have given their lives?
Dan Holden, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Stuart Middle School in Louisville burned two flags last week as part of a lesson on freedom of speech. He asked his students to write an opinion paper on the flag burning, so he demonstrated. As a result, he has been removed from the classroom.

In Australia, a 17-year-old burnt the Australian flag in a reprisal attack on the night of the Cronulla riot. He was ordered by a magistrate to face members of the RSL club to apologize for his actions.
I don't necessarily think we need a constitutional amendment on flag burning. Basically it would be outlawing stupidity. Only ignorant people burn flags. Just look to the streets of any Islamic nation during some anti-American protest for your evidence.

1 comment:

christovich79 said...

Such actions are undertaken for a variety of reasons, not just an expression of love for free speech:

* Protest against a country's foreign policy.
* Distancing oneself from the foreign policy of one's home country.
* Hatred against the inhabitants of a country, which may be linked to xenophobia or racism.
* Protest at the very laws prohibiting the actions in question.
* Religious, moral, or personal objections to exalting symbols or icons.
* Protest against nationalism.
* Enjoyment or pleasure.
--taken from Wikipedia

I think much of it is that people like the thrill that comes with rebellion.