Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Now, where did that idea for punishing people who burn the American flag actually originate?

Just hours after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that there “must be consequences” for burning the American flag, protesters set the stars and stripes ablaze outside Trump Tower.

FOX News  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag-burning was not a crime but rather a form of protest protected by the First Amendment. In his tweet yesterday, Trump suggested that an individual who burns the flag should face serious consequences, such as loss of citizenship or a year in jail. However, this is not a new idea and look at who supported it.

(For the record, BNI disagrees that flag-burners should be jailed, but they should be shunned/discriminated against by potential employers, college admissions, and patriotic family members)


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