More Flag Insanity
At least these were out-of-state.
Bob Hurst walked into a Tallahassee art museum this week and saw the symbol of his Southern heritage hanging by a noose.
The art work, which has led to a standoff between descendants of Confederate soldiers and the museum, is a life-size gallows with the Confederate flag dangling from a frayed rope. Created by a black artist from Detroit and titled The Proper Way to Hang a Confederate Flag, the piece has brought an old debate to Florida anew.
Hurst and his compatriots at the Sons of Confederate Veterans want the exhibit taken down, and they’ve invoked a 1961 Florida law to support them.
”I didn’t find it clever. I didn’t find it amusing. I found it offensive. I found it tasteless,” said Hurst, whose great-great-grandfather led a company for the Confederacy and committed suicide after the South’s surrender. . . .
A 1961 Florida law actually says it is illegal to defile or ”cast contempt upon” the Confederate flag.
Right. If desecrating the American Flag is constitutionally protected, than how much more protected do you think desecrating the flag of a non-existent country would be? Good luck with that.
And just to show that the “Oooh, ooh, I’m offended, therefore the government must silence you” attitude is not limited to dumba** rednecks:
In a crucial victory for free expression, San Francisco State University (SFSU) announced yesterday that its College Republicans will face no punishment for hosting an anti-terrorism rally at which participants stepped on makeshift Hezbollah and Hamas flags. SFSU’s decision comes after months of pressure from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), national and local media, and the public—all of which called on the school to uphold the students’ constitutionally guaranteed right to free expression.
“We are relieved that SFSU has come to its senses and recognized that it cannot punish students for constitutionally protected expression,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “But the fact remains that the university should never have investigated or tried them in the first place. This was a protected act of political protest and it is impossible to believe the university did not know that from the start.”
I’ll quote one of my favorite bloggers on this one:
There is absolutely no reason for them to have ever had charges even considered. The conduct in question was clearly constitutionally protected, and the very existence of school by-laws that could potentially punish such conduct is chilling toward free expression. If it had been an American flag trampled on during an anti-war protest, this would be just as true. I care as little about the offense of Muslim students when others express their views as I do the opinions of the uber-patriots when someone tramples an American flag. You don’t like someone else’s views? Counter them with your own speech.