Teo del Fuego wrote:1. flag burning should be legal or illegal depending on the will of the democracy expressed in the form of laws at the local level. The framers of the Constitution used words much more precisely than 7 of 12 Supreme Court justices when they protected "speech" as opposed to "attitude" or "actions."
mikenmar wrote:Well I'm not one of the world's preeminent First Amendment scholars, but I did take First Amendment law from one of them. And they all agree that the language of the First Amendment is remarkably imprecise
Teo del Fuego wrote:Fornicating on the front steps of the US Capitol or burning a flag convey no thoughts or ideas. If the person burning the flag refused to utter a word or write a sentence, the act would be meaningless. (Was the flag burned because the man was insane, the flag contained dust mites, the man was against the government, or the flag was a gift from his ex?)
mikenmar wrote:The Court very clearly considered this question in deciding whether the action qualified as "speech" - that is, whether the action was designed to convey a particularized message given the context. Seems to me that they quite clearly decided it correctly, by that standard.
Ugly Dougly wrote:The people get the very regime that they deserve.
Teo del Fuego wrote:Again, I didnt study con-law with Father Drinan, but I don't think burning fabric is "speech" because it contributes nothing to the "marketplace of ideas."
Teo del Fuego wrote:Protection afforded by our ultimate document and by our Judiciary Branch should be reserved for more worthy endeavours.
Teo del Fuego wrote:So where did you go to lawschool?
TomServo wrote:speaking of burning.. how can one get homemade napalm to spread evenly?
Mines all chunky...styrofoam balls?
Bay Bridge Sue wrote:Be careful... remember, Nevada is a red state, worse, you're in "cowboy country" up in Pershing county, and as liberal a bias as you may have, the locals... and the fuzz there... won't share your sense of artistic freedom. Or your assumed right to break their red-state laws with regards to flag-related activity.
Be careful, OK?
Rushdie isn't hiding. I drank a few Guiness with him last month
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