Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress and the States to prohibit the act of desecration of the flag of the United States and to set criminal penalties for that act.
I think Flag burning should not be outlawed because we all have the right to free speech. So if people want to burn a flag let them!!
Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] - Republican
Amendment introduced (introduced 4/30/2009)
In 1968, Congress passed the Federal Flag Desecration Law in response to a Central Park event in which peace activists burned American flags in protest against the Vietnam War. The law banned any display of "contempt" directed against the flag, but did not address the other issues dealt with by state flag desecration laws.
Congress has made seven attempts to overrule the U.S. Supreme Court by passing a constitutional amendment making an exception to the First Amendment in order to allow the government to ban flag desecration. In 1990, when the amendment was first brought up, it failed to achieve the necessary two-thirds majority in the House. After the Republican congressional takeover of 1994, it has consistently passed the House but failed in the Senate.
After a Massachusetts teenager was arrested for wearing a flag patch on the seat of his pants, the Supreme Court ruled that laws vaguely banning "contempt" of the flag are unconstitutionally vague and violate the First Amendment's free speech protections.
I think flag burning is ok because it should be a persons personal choice. I really understand the fact that in many people's eyes it can be looked upon as disrespect, but our constitution also mentions freedom of choice. How we choose to act upon it is our personal choice so allowing them to do as they please should be open.