Flag Desecration Amendment

Retrieved September 23, 2013 – via National Archives. Landler, Mark (March 15, 2013). “Worldly at 35, and Shaping Obama’s Voice”. This change was marked by a lunchtime reception on Tuesday 22 March 2011 in the River Room, House of Lords, hosted by Admiral The Baron West of Spithead and Andrew Rosindell MP. During each term of Congress from 1995 to 2005, the proposed amendment was passed by the House of Representatives, but not the Senate, falling four votes short on two occasions in the upper house. Congress to prohibit by statute and provide punishment for the physical “desecration” of the flag of the United States. The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. The decisions were controversial and have prompted Congress to consider the only remaining legal avenue to enact flag protection statutes-a constitutional amendment. The full text of the amendment (passed several times by the U.S. House of Representatives, but it consistently failed to achieve the same constitutionally required super-majority vote in the U.S. In 1989, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned all of these statutes by a 5-4 vote in the case Texas v. Johnson as unconstitutional restrictions of public expression.

In 2006, during the 109th Congress, the amendment failed by one vote in the Senate. Some Senate Republican aides indicated that almost a dozen of the Republican senators who voted for the amendment were privately opposed to it, and they believed that these senators would have voted to defeat the amendment if required. Rhodes is married to Ann Norris, who was chief foreign policy adviser to former U.S. Rhodes wrote Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech “A New Beginning”. The theories underlying these First Amendment principles include: a robust national discourse about political and social ideas; individual self-realization; the search for truth; and speech as a “safety valve”. The Flag Desecration Amendment (often referred to as the Flag-Burning Amendment) is a proposed addition to the Constitution of the United States that would allow the U.S. The concept of flag desecration continues to provoke a heated debate over protecting a national symbol, preserving free speech, and upholding the liberty said to be represented by that national symbol. Another poll conducted by CNN in June 2006 also found that 56% of Americans supported a flag desecration amendment. Since 2006 it has sponsored an annual public lecture on a flag-related topic, known as the ‘Perrin Lecture’.

All Scottish flags must, by law, be authorised by Lord Lyon and recorded in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland. Both the College of Arms and the Court of Lord Lyon maintain their respective country’s official register of flags. It is often consulted on matters relating to flag design and seasonal mailbox covers usage, but holds no official status or authority. It holds twice yearly meetings for its members in various locations around the United Kingdom. It is a membership-based vexillological organisation with over 500 members from all parts of the world, and provides advice and assistance to individuals and organisations including UK Government departments, the BBC, ITN, and many publishers, museums and libraries. The Institute itself is governed by a Board of five elected Trustees who are advised by an appointed Council of members. The UK is very lucky in having – in the Institute – a group of dedicated and informed people who do a great deal to make sure that that respect is given.

When a flag is to be disposed, it must be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with respect. The flag of the British Virgin Islands must never been flown above another flag, indicating superiority, or vice versa, indicating inferiority, nor should it be allowed to drag along the ground. The islands were named after these virgin followers by Christopher Columbus when he discovered the islands in 1493, the multiplicity of islands reminding him of the numerous followers. Hope, Christopher (20 September 2012). “Fly your flags without asking permission, Pickles says”. While the proposed amendment is frequently referred to colloquially in terms of expression of political views through “flag burning”, the language would permit the prohibition of all forms of flag desecration, which may take forms other than burning, such as using the flag for clothing or napkins. The wording is permissive rather than mandatory; that is, it permits Congress to prohibit flag burning, but it does not require it.