Flag burning. .

that is the topic this week at work.  It happened innocently enough, a friend of mine made a comment on my FB account bitching about Orrin Hatch (because why wouldn’t you???) and he was talking about how ridiculous it was that he introduced a bill to make flag burning illegal.  A GREAT friend of mine saw this post and made it really clear that he didn’t support flag burning.  I hadn’t really thought about it before, honestly, but come to find out there isn’t a lot of grey on this issue.  Most people who have served in any branch of the military seem the most vocal about not burning the flag.

Well I took this subject and gave it to two people I know would have their own opinions without much tainting by others. . my kids.  Considering they are 8 and 9 and I allow them their opinions without judgment.  This is Wyatt’s summation:

“why would anyone burn the flag mom?  I mean, it’s a symbol of freedom.  Mom, if I saw someone burning the flag I would do everything in my power to stop them.”

Wow, what a solid kid in his feelings about the flag.  Funny, cause we don’t really talk about the flag, well beyond the fact that it resembles America.

Cheyenne’s summation:

“well, I think that we live in America so we should be able to burn the flag.  Burning the flag shouldn’t be illegal, that wouldn’t make it America.  And not only that, what if a transient was cold and all he had was a flag.  It would be ok for him to burn it and keep him warm.”

Alright Cheyenne!!  I love the logic!

I think they summed it up, not sure if my opinion would even matter at this point, I’m just proud that they both have a opinion with a rationale.  For kids that young I’m just proud that they have conviction and they will stick by it no matter what!

BTW. . I know I don’t have a huge following, but drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts about flag burning.  I believe that it should be legal, I’m gonna have to go with Chey on this one 🙂

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5 responses to “Flag burning. .

  1. HOBBS

    I believe that you should have the right to burn the flag, it’s part of our freedom you can’t claim to be the home of the free and then legislate the freedoms away because they might be unsavory too many freedoms are already limited.

  2. I thought it was illegal to burn the flag, unless it was all torn up. wow

    The flag is a symbol. I don’t like the idea that symbols get more protection under law than people do. How long did it take the Matthew Shepard Act to pass? What does it say about society when we respect a symbol more than we respect human kind?

  3. Marcy Taylor

    Jude,

    That is by far the best response I’ve received on this topic. Very thought provoking!!!

  4. Mark Lowther

    Flag burning is wrong!!!!

  5. Amber

    If I had a flag, I’d burn it right now.

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