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Burning the American flag

POSTED: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 9:39am

UPDATED: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 11:19am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged four men with arson and setting fire to woods in the area of tents that previously housed members of the local Occupy movement.

A police report says the men caused the fire by burning two American flags. Charged were 28-year-old Jason Bargert; 23-year-old Michael Behrle; 20-year-old Stephen Morris; and 19-year-old Alex Tyler.

The Associated Press couldn't determine Friday evening if the men have attorneys.

Bargert has been listed on Occupy Charlotte press releases as a spokesman for the group. But Occupy Charlotte released a statement to WCNC-TV (http://bit.ly/uSggrX ) saying the group is no long affiliated with the camp where the fire broke out. It also says the burning of the flag doesn't reflect its members or its message.

Do East Texans think it should be illegal to burn the American flag?

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Under no circumstances should the flag be burned (except for disposal of worn flags by VFW or Boy Scout groups). After seeing torn American flags displayed upside down and the rebel flag displayed above the American flag, it would also seem that some East Texans have equal disrespect for the American flag. If Texas wants to be independent go ahead and secede, fly your own flag, and quit disrespecting the flag of the United States and what it stand for...the UNITED States of America.

Yes, it should be illegal to burn the American Flag, with a couple of exceptions. If these individuals feel so strongly, they should be given certain areas where burning the flag is legal.
Moscow, Tehran, anywhere in Saudi-Arabia, etc. Then they should be required to take up citizenship in their country of choice. Perhaps then, they would realize that tens of thousands on men and women have fought and died, for the priveledge of raising the American Flag.

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