Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?
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Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

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President Trump thinks Americans who burn the flag should be jailed and have their citizenship revoked. And while flag burning is a protected act of free speech under the Constitution, the majority of Americans believe it should be illegal. Others say banning flag burning misses the entire point of what the American flag supposedly stands for: freedom of speech, especially unpopular speech. What do you think? 🇺🇸 🔥 

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The meaning of the flag has taken on special significance in recent years, and some argue any disrespect shown toward the flag is offensive to American servicemembers. President Trump believes people who burn the flag should be jailed and have their citizenship revoked. 

For many who defend the right to burn the flag, it's about protecting First Amendment rights. Burning the flag may be offensive to many, but protecting free speech means we defend people's rights to say or do offensive, upsetting or distasteful things.

Others point out the Supreme Court has already ruled on this issue. Flag burning is protected speech.

In the controversial Texas v. Johnson case, the Court voted 5-4 in favor of Gregory Lee Johnson, the protester. Johnson’s actions, the majority argued, were symbolic speech political in nature and could be expressed even at the affront of those who disagreed with him.

But even though burning the flag has been ruled constitutionally protected free speech, that hasn't stopped legislators from introducing bills to make flag burning illegal—including Hillary Clinton back in 2005.

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