LSU Student to burn U.S. flag in protest

A Louisiana State University student Benjamin Hass has taken the necessary steps to burn an American flag in a planned protest on campus.  A counter-protest is also planned one hour after the scheduled noon flag-burning by Cody Wells, the LSU student government president. The counter-protest will consist of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing our National Anthem.

Flag burning has been ruled a form of protest protected by the first amendment.  Perhaps my sense of patriotism clouds my sensibilities at times.  I am an adamant supporter of freedom of speech and expression.  However, I personally draw the line at burning and desecrating the American flag in protest. 

I understand this form of protest to be a rejection of America.  A deep-seeded hatred for what the country stands for: our values, our way of life, and most importantly, our freedoms (I urge the reader to overlook this particular irony).  I can understand and would actually support the freedom to speak out against the government, government policies, and even our way of life.

But far too many lives have been lost under this flag and for everything it means to be disrespected, and by a citizen of this country no less.  To desecrate the flag is to desecrate the men and women of the armed forces who died fighting, and those Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors who continue fight for America to this day, under this flag.


  1. To this LSU student who finds it necessary to stage this protest I have this to say: Nobody is keeping you here. You are free to leave this country at any time.

    • John Barron says:

      Perhaps he would find the governments of China, Iran, or Cuba more appealing. I hear those governments adore protestors.

  2. Terrance H. says:

    I think flag burning is ridiculous and disrespectful, but I do not think it should be illegal. People fought and died for more than just a flag.

    • John Barron says:

      I fully understand where you and others are coming from and it makes perfect sense that it is a form of governmental protest and we as a nation shouldn’t stifle protest against the government. And I admit I think it fits the American way of thinking about freedom.

      This is just my particular pet inconsistent belief. I believe in all kinds of freedoms our military fought for, this one though just rubs me the wrong way, you know? It’s not really something I ought to think is illegal given the entire scope of my political convictions, but for some reason, I think this manifestation ought to be banned.

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