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    • Thom
    • 19.04.10 | 22:41 (IDT)

    The Supreme Court (US) only ruled that burning the American flag to be protected by the first amendment in 1989 as form of freedom of speech. That being said: "On June 27, 2006, the most recent attempt to pass a ban on flag burning was rejected by the Senate in a close vote of 66 in favor, 34 opposed, one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed to send the amendment to be voted on by the states.[39]" It's not an uncommon practice for Democracies to have laws in the handling of their national flag. It isn't uncommon for Americans to get in trouble for starting illegal fires which are normally charges to circumvent the protection of freedom of expression expressed by burning the flag. check the article on wikipedia about "Flag Desecration"

    from the article: Jerusalem police charge Haredi youth for torching Israeli flag
    First published 16:56 19.04.10 | Last updated 14:30 25.04.10
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