New flag-burning report, First Amendment survey

Friday, August 5, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two major new reports have recently been released by the First Amendment Center.

  • A new “First Report” examines the likely impact of ratifying an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting Congress the power to punish desecration of the American flag, an issue the report terms “one of the most polarized disputes in United States history.”

    The principal author of the report, First Amendment lawyer and scholar Robert Corn-Revere, writes that those favoring an amendment see it as “essential to restore constitutional balance,” while “opponents say such a change would amount to unprecedented desecration of the Bill of Rights.”

    See the report, “Implementing a Flag-Desecration Amendment to the Constitution.” (For a free printed copy, send a message to Put “flag report” in the subject line and give us your name and postal address. For multiple orders, there will be a charge to cover postage and printing costs only.)

  • The 2005 State of the First Amendment survey shows that 70% of Americans would OK the posting the Ten Commandments in government buildings, and that 85% would approve if the commandments are included as “one document among many historical documents” when displayed in public buildings, the First Amendment Center said.

    These and other findings are available in the full survey report.