Flag issue draws fire

What others say

Posted: Thursday, July 07, 2005

Are you a tried and true patriot? Then surely you support an 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution: ''The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.''

... There's a reason why the standards for passage by Congress and the states are set so high. Amending the Constitution should never be taken lightly.

The House approved the flag-burning amendment Wednesday for the sixth time since 1995. Now the measure goes to the Senate where it faces a better chance of approval than in the past, simply because there are changes in the Senate's membership, including John Thune of South Dakota who beat Democratic leader Tom Daschle and Richard Burr of North Carolina who succeeded John Edwards after he ran for president. ...

Flag-burning is a highly emotional issue, particularly for veterans. That's understandable. Rep. (Jerrold) Nadler, however, is very perceptive: ''Quite frankly, the crass political use of the flag to question the patriotism of those who value our fundamental freedoms is a greater insult to those who died in the service of our nation than is the burning of the flag.''

— The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.,

June 24

Years of hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court could lend a hand to settle the continually contentious debate over the Ten Commandments' place on government grounds apparently haven't been enough.

In a split decision, the justices decided: 1. You can't put it up. 2. But you can put it up. ...

In a clear-as-mud pair of rulings, it appears the justices looked at the establishment clause and put one foot in church, the other in state and called it a day. In other words, each time the Ten Commandments are posted on government property and then challenged, the legal battle could end up in the hands of the Supreme Court.

By essentially saying that the legality of posting the Ten Commandments is best decided on a case-by-case basis, the court has guaranteed that it will hear about this again soon.

— Journal and Courier, Lafayette, Ind.,

June 28

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