[FoRK] flag burning...
Mon Oct 31 10:15:30 PST 2005
grab my tax dollars while you're at it, please.
>>> "Corinna" <corinna.schultz at gmail.com> 10/31/2005 11:47:28 AM >>>
I think this is a wonderful way to protest - seize back the meaning,
of allowing other to define the meaning for you...
I'm not a flag burner (nor a flag pledger*), but I think people should
free to, but at the same time, protesters should keep in mind what
trying to communicate.
* I made it a point in my classes to discuss the constitutionality of
Texas law requiring students to pledge. But either way, it wasn't a big
deal. I made everyone stand up, though, to show respect.
How then should we preserve the flag? First and most important is to
its essence. It does no good to protect the fabric from flame if the
has been attached to something unrighteous and become soiled thereby.
our flag is soiled, it is supposed to be burned. Therefore, our first
must be to separate it from unwholesome associations.
Therefore, I have thought it better, in a time of protest, to take
from the government rather than to burn my own. If I view the
one of its agencies as unworthy of displaying our flag, then I am
to take its flags rather than burning mine.
I can see future flag protests happening this way: Patriotic citizens,
the watchful eyes of a free press, march up to a flag pole outside of
offending government agency. They gracefully and respectfully lower the
American flag there, fold it carefully, and put it into an appropriate
Then they staple a receipt to the flag pole, posting their grievances
the conditions for the flag's return. The flag should then be placed in
care of a citizen sworn to return it if and when the government cleans
its act. Our flag should not be burned because an arm of the government
Then, if you want to add an exclamation point to your protest, raise a
over the offending agency that you think more appropriate for its
You could have a lot of fun with this one...
Thus publicly defrocked (and perhaps relabeled), the agency will no
be able to desecrate our flag with government's dirty business. Thus
protected, the flag's reputation will decrease its chances of people
it. Moreover, when people view our flag as something to be seized
protest, then they'll be even less likely to burn it.
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