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scatterheart scatterheart 13-15, F 16 Answers May 14, 2012

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I'm as patriotic as just about anyone - but think this is dumb. Our country was founded on ideals - not a piece of cloth. <br />
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That said, when people decide to burn the flag, if I find out about it I don't feel any obligation to like them at all. <br />
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(I once saw an Evergreen State student burning one at an anti-war rally in Westlake Center and two years later he was sitting in my offices waiting for an interview. It was my great pleasure to tell my HR manager that hiring this guy would be a mistake and I'd do it again tomorrow. If it's a freedom of speech issue, then what he said made sure he didn't get the job.)

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Just because someone is free to speak whatever they like doesn't mean that the rest of us are obligated to like them for it.

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Just a piece of fabric. I don't understand why people often seem to consider a flag like some kind of religious ob<x>ject. It's almost like they worship it as a holy idol.

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Sometimes, flag burning is seen as a act of Patriotism. It's better that a flag is destroyed than soiled, for example.<br />
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For myself, I think it's symbolism. If the flag means nothing to you, burning it means nothing. If the flag is important to you, then burning it says a great deal. I still wouldn't call it Blasphemy, though.

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Definitely just a piece if fabric!

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I personally don't care if someone burns the flag. I believe in the freedom to burn whatever symbol you like. Besides, most American flags are made in China anyway.

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Just don't do it inside my house... Got a lot of flamable stuff.

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a statement but in a free society I would rather see a flag burn than a building or a person

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someones burns the flag that person should be set on fire and sent back to wherever they came from...

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it is people like you I do not want on my side at all keep your flag because you have no idea what it stands for and thank you for showing your true colors they are not the red white and blue they are black and blue followed by a puddle of red

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Wow, that makes a lot of sense. A person burning a piece of cloth that symbolizes the worst country in the developed world... means that person should be put to death?? You'd fit in really well in Nazi Germany. No wonder this is such a s**tty country.

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listen people......im all about the freedoms of this country ...especially freedom of speech......but the problem with this country today and society as a whole is the abuse of these freedoms...where do we draw the line?...when do we put our foot down?...do we continue to let people people abuse the great ideals that this country was founded on and walk all over us. we are becoming a pushover in the yes of the rest of the world....burning the flag is spitting in the face of america...if i walked off the street to some of your houses and began ******* all over your doorstep youd be pretty pissed that ive disrespected your home that way...ans no one has ever laid down their lives they way our troops do to protect your home...think about that

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it is not illegal to do so you are a fool to think you can resort to violence you are no American you are a communist

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and your a liberal

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lol....im from nyc....i would love to take you to the world trader center memorial stand you in front t of all the hundreds of families that lost someone that day and have you tell them they when these terrorists burn the flag in celebration that you think its just a piece of fabric im sure youd get a very warm new york welcome!!!

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This country was founded by rich English men who slaughtered the indigenous, raped the land of its natural resources, and believed women and blacks shouldn't have any rights. What a wonderful history. The Land of the Free... if you're a rich land-owning white male. I wish Native Americans were still running this country... the world would have been a safer, cleaner, and overall better place.

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"but the problem with this country today and society as a whole is the abuse of these freedoms..."
You act like the U.S. is such a free country. It is the most unfree country in the developed world. The government can tap your phone without a warrant, read your mail before it gets to you without a warrant, intercept your e-mail without a warrant, demand to see your medical records without a warrant, go to your library and demand to know what books you've checked out then bar the librarian from ever telling you, and have some bureaucrat you've never met designate you on a whim as an "enemy combatant", have you kidnapped in the middle of the night, whisked off to some C.I.A. dungeon to be tortured, er, sorry, "robustly interrogated" to death or left to rot in some dog kennel in 110-degree heat in Gitmo, all without any semblance of due process. Yeah, I don't think I'd really be holding the U.S. up as any paragon of freedom if I were you. There are plenty of countries with far more freedom than America.

"we are becoming a pushover in the [eyes?] of the rest of the world"
It isn't flag burning or people expressing themselves that is making America look like a pushover. It is the fact that the U.S. claimed to be invading Iraq because of Saddam's imaginary weapons of mass destruction... while North Korea develops actual nukes, tests them and dares the U.S. to do something about it. The U.S. shuffles its feet, whistles, looks the other way and does NOTHING. The world sees the U.S. picking on a country like Iraq that has oil the U.S. wants but can't defend itself while at the same time the very same reason the U.S. gave for invading Iraq is actually HAPPENING in North Korea and the U.S. ignores it because North Korea has no resources the U.S. wants and North Korea can fight back. If someone picks on a little guy who can't defend himself while going out of his way to avoid a fight with someone closer to his own size that makes it pretty obvious that that person is a rank coward and a bully. That's pretty much the world's opinion of the United States, and with good reason.

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It's about as big a statement as making an effigy. What's important is the symbolism behind the act.

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In America, it's a 1st Amendment 'right of speech' thing.

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blasphemy has to do with religion

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really? It can solely be used in context with religion? I didn't know... sorry.

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not tryin to be an *******. just sayin.

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It's fine. I might argue with you on that one though. The flag is sacred to some. Not religious in nature, but it still holds the same weight. Can anyone reading this provide a 3rd opinion?

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Blasphemy in the truest sense of the word refers only to something being sacrilegious so yes, it deals exclusively with religion. However like you said for some Americans for whatever misguided reason the flag is practically a holy relic to them and they treat it with the same reverence they treat a Bible.

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Piece of fabric. And a fairly gaudy one at that.

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