Saturday, October 1, 2016


The grandmother hit it spot on, the teacher should have used the moment as a teaching moment instead of punishing her grandson.

From Justice Brennan in the original Flag buring case.

"We are tempted to say, in fact, that the flag's deservedly cherished place in our community will be strengthened, not weakened, by our holding today. Our decision is a reaffirmation of the principles of freedom and inclusiveness that the flag best reflects, and of the conviction that our toleration of criticism such as Johnson's is a sign and source of our strength."

"In holding in Barnette that the Constitution did not leave this course open to the government, Justice Jackson described one of our society's defining principles in words deserving of their frequent repetition:

"If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein."

Click for Texas v. Johnson

We as a nation are stronger than those who express their dissent.  And for the record, over and over again the dissenting opinion evolved into the majority opinion.  This is the greatness in our First Amendment.  In the 50's the Supreme Court found based on religious grounds the state cannot compel children to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. But yet in 2016, we are still fighting the issue.

This is about Freedom of Expresssion and not whether or not you agree with the message being sent.

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