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February 5, 2008
Flag Burning: The power of expression…


  1. Introduction

    1. Attention Getter: PowerPoint-Freedom Attention Step

    2. Thesis: Flag Burning

    3. Preview: Freedom of Expression or prison?, Flag Burning is Expression, See through my eyes, and Take action!

  2. Body

    1. Freedom of Expression or prison? Need Step

      1. National Review - July 3, 2006

We think that the Supreme Court got it wrong when it ruled that the First Amendment protects flag burning. Setting fire to a flag is no more speech than nude dancing is.”

      1. Flag Burning Should Be Banned. Paul Greenberg Opposing Viewpoints 1997

Burning the flag is no more speech than vandalizing a cemetery, or scrawling slogans on a church or synagogue, or spray-painting a national monument—all of which are acts properly forbidden by the laws of a civilized country.”

    1. Flag Burning is Expression

      1. Texas v. Johnson - 21 June 1989

On 22 August 1984 Johnson, amidst a crowd of approximately 100 other demonstrators, unfurled an American flag. He splashed it with kerosene and set it on fire, while the other demonstrators chanted: "America, the red, white, and blue, we spit on you." After the flag burned, the demonstrators left, and one of the many shocked onlookers gathered the burnt remains for burial in his backyard. No one was hurt, and no property other than the flag was destroyed. Both the press and the police were at the scene of the flag burning, and when police reinforcements arrived shortly thereafter they arrested Johnson.”

      1. Robert Corn-Revere is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine in Washington, D.C. He is one of the authors of Modern Communication Law

Various forms of non-verbal communication have been recognized over the years as falling within the protections of the First Amendment. The Court held that wearing a black armband to protest the Vietnam War was protected expression, as was wearing an army uniform to criticize the military in a dramatic presentation”

      1. Flag Desecration Should Not Be Restricted - Opposing Viewpoints: Civil Liberties 2004

People who burn flags intend to send a message by doing so. This is what makes flag burning a form of expression. The First Amendment to the Constitution reads, "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech."



      1. Junior Scholastic - Sept 18, 2006

“… in 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that flag burning is a form of free speech that is protected by the First Amendment.”

    1. See through my eyes Satisfaction Step

i. Freedom

ii. Our Future



  1. Take action!

  1. Defend those who use symbolic communication

ii. Never Support Flag Burning Bans

  1. Conclusion

    1. Post view: Freedom of Expression or prison?, Flag Burning is Expression, See through my eyes, and Take action!

    2. Tie back: PowerPoint-Freedom

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