Posts Tagged ‘flag’

Mo. man receives $7,000 after arrest for flag desecration

Federal judge assesses compensatory damages for man jailed seven hours for shredding a U.S. flag in 2009.

On Flag Day, rights and wrongs about Old Glory

It seems odd that, although most of us claim to respect Old Glory and shudder at the thought of its being desecrated in protest, we don’t always take proper care of our grand old flag.

Federal court puts Neb. flag law on hold

OMAHA, Neb. — A federal judge put a temporary block yesterday on enforcing Nebraska’s ban on flag mutilation, part of a lawsuit filed by a member of a Kansas church known for protesting at the funerals of fallen soldiers.
U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf in Lincoln said in issuing the order that the law was “almost [...]

Kansas woman charged in flag-desecration case files suit

OMAHA, Neb. — A Kansas woman accused of violating Nebraska's flag-desecration law two years ago filed a lawsuit Dec. 30 against more than a dozen officials, including the state's governor and attorney general, whom she alleges are trampling on her rights.
The lawsuit filed on Shirley Phelps-Roper's behalf in U.S. District Court in Lincoln argues that [...]

Woman in Barnette reflects on famous flag-salute case

One in a series of interviews with principals involved in First Amendment-related U.S. Supreme Court cases (see “SCT interview” keyword below).
Most First Amendment enthusiasts probably don’t know the name Marie Snodgrass. The name may not ring a bell even for many die-hard free-speech advocates. But Marie Snodgrass — the former Marie Barnett — helped to [...]

Neb. high court dismisses case against flag-desecration law

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska Supreme Court has dismissed the case of a woman
accused of violating the state's flag-desecration law. But her attorney says the
fight will continue to invalidate what he calls an unconstitutional statute.
The Nebraska high court during the week of Dec. 4 dismissed without comment an appeal by Shirley Phelps-Roper, who was accused [...]

Ariz. homeowners battle association over gay-pride flag

MESA, Ariz. — Steven and Zeniff Vanderran say homophobia and ongoing disputes with their homeowners association are behind an order to remove a gay-pride flag from their Queen Creek home.
“I’ve marched for gay rights since I was in my 20s — I’m 54 now, so for 30 years,” Steven Vanderran said. “I know homophobia when [...]

Biden’s record long, mostly strong on free speech

With a few exceptions, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden’s
record as a six-term senator from Delaware indicates he is a proponent of First
Amendment rights. In his legislation, votes and public comments, Biden has often
shown deference to free speech and religious freedom.
Biden, a Roman Catholic, has said on numerous occasions that Democrats have
struggled in the past [...]

Students sue university over probe of anti-terror rally

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco State University was sued yesterday for allegedly violating students’ right to free speech when it investigated an incident during which students stomped on flags bearing the name of Allah.
The Alliance Defense Fund, in cooperation with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the [...]

University won’t punish College Republicans for anti-terror rally

San Francisco State University’s College Republicans will not face sanctions after hosting a rally during which students stepped on pieces of paper they had painted to resemble the Hezbollah and Hamas flags. The anti-terrorism demonstration on Oct. 17, 2006, prompted another student to file a complaint because the flags contain the Arabic word for “Allah.”
The [...]

Seigenthaler lecture 1: Patriotism, dissent & the American flag, Part 1

In the first of six First Amendment lectures, First Amendment Center Founder John Seigenthaler analyzes the history of the U.S. flag and of the practice of burning it in protest.