Should burning a cross be a protected form of free speech?
No, cross burning is more than harassment. It's also a hate crime.
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
Should we start silencing people?
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 ...
... 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.
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.
But less people liked this question :'(
Just as with the flag, yes. But not on someone else's front yard.
It is wrong in my opinion. However the government should not be the moral police.
Like the flag question, I personally think it is wrong but should be protected as free speech.
These polls made me think about where the limit for free speech is. Do you have a suggestion? Where's your limit?
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.
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.
Virginia v. Black (2003) stated that cross burning was a form of intimidation and outlawing it is constitutional
Yes, but have fun with the lifelong criticism.
Yeah just like burning a Koran.
Depends on where you burn it - on the lawn of the black family that just moved in down the block - nope
But mostly - yes
Because of their property or their race?
Inspired by a comment of TomM
You know my opinion :-)
Lol, yes I do
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.
Thankfully, I have a nice mix of all parties, don't think this would be a decent representation of America if I didn't.