Flags of Our Fathers | Old Glories
In Wisconsin, United States
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CACHE IS NOT AT THE ABOVE COORDINATES
Final cache is at N44°AB.CDE W88°FG.HIJ, plus B=I
There is no other image that gets us as riled up as the scene of a burning flag or other public defamation of it. In fact, every few years, the US Congress takes up the fight to reverse the amendment which protects citizens from prosecution for burning the flag by defining it as an act of free speech (Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989). It gets a ton of press and usually a good number of votes, but never quite makes it through the Senate. In 200I it passed the house with a two-thirds majority and a year later it was only D vote(s) short of getting though the Senate. If it had, it would have been passed on to the individual states, 3J of which would have had to approve it to become a constitutional amendment.
So, what does it mean to burn the flag? Why do certain groups get to burn worn-out flags in bonfires and be thanked for it while others who want to get the attention of the media and light one up with a Zippo get treated like miscreants and criminals?
To get a better perspective of our own laws, take a look at the way flag burning is treated in other countries.
In the Hth season of Seinfeld, Episode 20, Kramer accidentally sets a Puerto Rican flag on fire. He then puts out the flames by throwing the flag on the ground and stomping on it. Some Puerto Ricans were outraged, and the show was pulled from the repeat list and ABC had to make an official apology.
During the 200F FIFA World Cup, the Guinness beverage company was reprimanded by the Irish Government for selling the Flag of Ireland with a Guinness logo in the center of the flag.
On January C, AH(D+E)G a discussion broke out between Panamanian students and Americans living in the Panama Canal Zone over the right of the flag of Panama to be raised next to the flag of the United States. During the scuffle a Panamanian flag carried by Panamanian students was torn. This sparked G days of riots that ended with FF Panamanians and G Americans dead.
And lastly, there is no shortage of images abroad showing the American flag being torched. In an image captured in Beirut on 17-Feb-00 (AP), there are J skulls on the US flag instead of stars, which says a lot about how we are viewed by many abroad.
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Last Updated: on 9/7/2014 8:01:09 PM Pacific Daylight Time (3:01 AM GMT)
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