This week the Senate is set to debate amending the constitution to ban the depiction of Mohammed in any form:
Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) cast the debate in loftier terms. "Many Americans have come to see Mohammed as a sacred symbol of our nation and its values," he said. "Those who dislike American values have the right to express their opinions even when they are offensive. But I do not believe that the right to desecrate the image of Mohammed belongs in the same category."
Of course, its not Mohammed Frist is talking about, but the flag. How many Americans have to think something is sacred before I lose my right to criticize it, mock it, express my contempt for it, "profane" it. Lots of people believe Jesus is their Lord and savior and lots of people think Christianity is special part of our nation and its values. Why not amend the constitution to prevent the denial of the divinity of Jesus?
Seriously, is it really necessary to piss on the constitution and its principles to "protect" the flag. ( By the way should we have a law banning the desecration of the constitution)
Wow this truly is an annual subject, please see this post . Why it seems particularly to get me upset is this: I truly believe that the United States of America was founded on a set of ideals that make it better than nations that are merely geographic nation states. What should unite us is not our race or culture but a belief in a certain set of principles. This amendment truly seems to me a betrayal of those principles. Its not the only one going on today of course, torture, indefinite detention of (at least one) U.S. citizen without charges or a lawyer(till they were forced to), hiding behind the national security privilege (where the hell is that in the constitution).