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Letter to the Editor: Burning flag not freedom of speech


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By PAUL YOUNG
St. George

Editor:

This year will be the fourth time Senator Orin Hatch has introduced to the Senate his long sought Flag Protection Amendment.

Again standing ready to oppose its passing is our own Utah Senator Robert Bennett. Senator Hatch's bill is to overturn the Supreme Court's ruling they made in 1989 declaring the burning of Old Glory as a form of speech. I fail to reconcile the burning of our flag where there is silence, no vocal words or guttural sounds made, to be a form of speech.

I fail to understand our nations leading jurists who carry the final word on all legal decisions to make their stupid ruling declaring that destroying patriotic property is legal, and with their blessing.

One could wonder if the Supreme Court is afraid of the ACLU.

The burning of our flag is not an expression of speech. It is a disrespectful, perverted action act of destruction, an act of degradation to our flag. Their decision should be overturned.

The radical extreme element that burns our flag are most of whom that have never given of themselves to our nation, nor do they ever intend to. They have suffered nothing. They respect nothing. They would rather burn or spit on our flag than honor it. Their imbecilic intelligence is lower than the bottom of the septic tank.

Senator Hatch's amendment affects only the most radical forms of conduct and will leave untouched the current constitutional protections for Americans to speak their sentiments in rallies and vote their feelings at the ballot box.

Senator Bennett has opposed Senator Hatch's bill the three times it has come up, claiming it is wiser to pass a 'simple statute' to protect our flag. He says "We don't need to amend the constitution to ensure proper flag etiquette."

Senator Bennett has yet to sponsor that 'simple statute' he is always referring to.

Senator Bennett should put up or shut up.


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