Saturday, July 16, 2005

Flag Burning -- We Might Want to Keep an Eye on This One

Okay, so it didn't meet my prediction, but there's an interesting case out of Tennessee of a spaced-out teenager (like there's any other kind) in an alcoholic stupor who set fire to an American flag on July 4th.

It's not the kind of case you want to take to the Supreme Court -- it appears to be just a normal act of vandalism rather than a political statement -- but it may serve to test the Tennessee law.

He has an August 2 trial date where he will defend himself from charges of desecrating a venerated object, underage drinking, littering, evading arrest, burning personal property and theft.

Jesus wept.


merlallen said...

Isn't desecration destroying a holy object?

Farnsworth68 said...

Exactly so. And raising the flag to the exalted status of a holy object reminds me of Hitler's Germany like little else.
Here's hoping that cooler heads will prevail, but I'm not going to bet any money on it.