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June 15, 2003

The First Amendment and The First Commandment

by Feòrag

A bill recently passed by the US House of Representatives to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States, is not only unconstitutional, but against the avowed religion of most of the lawmakers themselves according to Andrew Reding.

There is an obvious irony in responding to a threat to freedom by restricting freedom. But it is not just the First Amendment that is under assault. So is the First Commandment of the Jewish and Christian faiths, and the First Pillar of the Muslim faith.
By elevating the flag to an object of transcendent veneration -- an untouchable idol -- the proposed amendment strikes at the core of Jewish, Muslim and Christian belief systems.

And there are other worrying implications, too.

The great danger of turning the symbol of a nation-state into a sacred object is that it implicitly deifies the nation-state itself. The Pledge of Allegiance is taken to the flag and to the Republic for which it stands. If the mere symbol of the state is made sacred, surely the state itself must be sacred. The right to protest the actions of government is placed on shaky ground.

Flag Amendment Violates 10 Commandments, Not Just Free Speech - Pacific News Service, 12th June 2003. (via Patrick Neilsen Hayden)

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1: Posted by: Larry Lurex | June 16, 2003 4:54 PM

This is ridiculous. It is only a piece of cloth! You don't see many foreigners burning Union Jacks because basically we don't care about a stupid flag.

Nationhood is more than just a flag, it should be a shared identity. When people don't feel they share the national identity, you have larger problems than just combustible flags.

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