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Land of the free?

Published Oct. 4, 2005

In 1984, Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag at a political demonstration in Dallas. He was convicted of violating a Texas statute prohibiting the desecration of venerated objects. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction on the grounds that Johnson burned the flag as an act of symbolic speech and so was protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

How do you see it? Should freedom of speech be absolute? Or should the government, or anybody else, be allowed to impose restrictions? (This question was provided by The Freedom Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the cause of free speech and free press.)

Should anyone be allowed to burn the American Flag?

Push ONE for YES _ Freedom of speech should be absolute.

Push TWO for NO _ There should be restrictions on certain things, like burning the flag.