Monday, July 03, 2006

Shades of gray?

Thanks to columnist Ben Shapiro for this nuanced view:

"Those who burn the flag are no less traitors than those who renounce their citizenship to fight with our enemies."

Got it--heading over to Afghanistan to kill American soldiers is morally equivalent to burning a flag in protest.


At 2:17 PM, Blogger Jackscolon said...

Agreed. Absolutely no equivalence. I really could care less about those who desecrate symbols.

At 6:42 PM, Blogger StandingOutInTheCold said...

So, I ask Benny, what does freedom of expression cover? And who can we get the list from?

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Barnabas18 said...

Count me as a conservative that thinks this flag-burning amendment idea is ridiculous.

Burning a flag incites no violence and does not actively work against the government. How can it be considered treasonous?

Flag-burning seems to be the epitome of freedom of expression, precisely what the founders saw the first amendment protecting. They wanted nobody to want to burn the flag because they had the freedom to do so, but if they did, most people would look at that person as despicable, and reject their expression as improper.

Renouncing citizenship and killing American soldiers - now that is the act of a traitor. Night and day from flag-burning.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger GMack said...

So if you burn enough Switzerland flags could we get them to actually join a war?


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