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JustBob June 30th, 2013 5:12pm

Should burning a cross be a protected form of free speech?

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Scrazzle Winter is Coming
07/02/13 4:49 am

No, cross burning is more than harassment. It's also a hate crime.

JustBob Your anger fascinates me
07/02/13 10:31 pm

What makes an action a hate crime? A cross burning would signify hate toward a group, yes. What does it signify when people from another country burn an American flag here? Could that also relay hate? Or someone burning a Mexican flag? At what point

06/30/13 2:37 pm

I was intrigued by tomm's comparison. After thinking about it, I have concluded that they are not the same. Unfortunately, flag burning needs to be allowed, as an expression of protest. I don't like it, but it has to be ...

On the other hand ...

06/30/13 2:40 pm

... burning a cross is generally done as a form of harassment towards individuals (such as the black family that just moved in).

Protest against the government is constitutionally protected. Harassment of people is not constitutionally protected.

JustBob Your anger fascinates me
06/30/13 5:59 pm

The Supreme Court agrees with you, I have to admit, I did find the difference in these results odd. More people are in favor of allowing cross burning as free speech.

JustBob Your anger fascinates me
06/30/13 6:01 pm

But less people liked this question :'(

drcynic Pittsburgh, PA
06/30/13 2:36 pm

Just as with the flag, yes. But not on someone else's front yard.

donna0987 Indiana
06/30/13 12:50 pm

It is wrong in my opinion. However the government should not be the moral police.

jmz1202 Sacramento
06/30/13 12:25 pm

Like the flag question, I personally think it is wrong but should be protected as free speech.

06/30/13 12:31 pm

These polls made me think about where the limit for free speech is. Do you have a suggestion? Where's your limit?

jmz1202 Sacramento
06/30/13 12:52 pm

I wish I knew. It's a fine line. And it breaks my heart that hateful people/groups are protected. Like the westboro church protests.

06/30/13 1:06 pm

Yes they are a disgrace. But I would say they have a cause unlike some of the flag or cross burning, which in my opinion is just to cause controversy.

JustBob Your anger fascinates me
06/30/13 12:04 pm

Virginia v. Black (2003) stated that cross burning was a form of intimidation and outlawing it is constitutional

Keldeo Laverre City
06/30/13 11:03 am

Yes, but have fun with the lifelong criticism.

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
06/30/13 10:17 am

Depends on where you burn it - on the lawn of the black family that just moved in down the block - nope

JustBob Your anger fascinates me
06/30/13 11:57 am

Because of their property or their race?

06/30/13 10:58 am

You know my opinion :-)

06/30/13 12:26 pm

I wonder what it would take to get more to vote no. I don't know if your followers are liberal or libertarian or what's up with these results.

JustBob Your anger fascinates me
06/30/13 12:58 pm

Thankfully, I have a nice mix of all parties, don't think this would be a decent representation of America if I didn't.