In my opinion, as a Christian, the burning of the American Flag should be counted as an act of treason. When one burns our flag they are making the statement that they are against our country and everything it stands for. At the present time, in the name of freedom of speech, our country has allowed people to do this. However, I believe flag burning should be considered as a crime, because it is a statement of renouncing our country’s beliefs and laws. It is also an act of desecration against the sacrifices of the many men and women who gave their lives and spilled their blood to protect our freedoms for which that flag stands! Now I believe in the rights and freedom of our populace to be able to oppose certain things, such as we have done in times past, like slavery; but, burning our flag to me is opposing our entire country’s belief system because the flag represents all we are as a nation. Even the words of our national anthem declare what we believe. I believe in free speech, but free speech does have its limits and boundaries. What are these boundaries? They are the laws and beliefs that our nation has established since the founding fathers wrote out the constitution and defined what, we as a nation, would corporately believe and support. It also includes the laws that we have passed in our nation’s capital that should be upheld.
When people defy these laws there is also a penalty that goes with that defiance. What has happened in our country, in many areas, is that we have good laws on the books, but we have not enforced them. This is one reason we are having so many problems with illegal immigration. The laws associated with immigration have been violated for years and the lawbreakers were not held accountable on both sides of this issue. The illegal immigrant who was allowed to stay here and was given benefits of our legal citizens, along with the corporations and businesses who hired them for cheap labor, are both guilty of breaking the law. Guilty as well, are the legal authorities and agencies who allowed both parties to get by with doing this. If businesses had not hired the illegals, there would be no jobs for them in this nation, so those people who did the hiring are guilty of not keeping the law, just as the immigrants are guilty of coming here illegally. This has created enormous problems for all of our citizens. The root problem is one of dishonesty and lawlessness, plus the irresponsibility of officials who failed to enforce our laws. Motives on both sides were not right, but both were wrong.