13 February 2007

Flag Burning ?

Does San Francisco State University teach student leaders that if they don't like what other students say, they can use student organizations to stifle those with dissenting views? Can they even understand the First Amendment?

"This story starts with an "anti-terrorism rally" held last October on campus by the College Republicans. To emphasize their point, students stomped on Hezbollah and Hamas flags. According to the college paper, the Golden Gate (X)Press, members of Students Against War and the International Socialist Organization showed up to call the Republicans "racists," while the president of the General Union of Palestinian Students accused the Repubs of spreading false information about Muslims.

In November, the Associated Students board passed a unanimous resolution, which the (X)Press reported, denounced the California Republicans for "hateful religious intolerance" and criticized those who "pre-meditated the stomping of the flags knowing it would offend some people and possibly incite violence."

Now you know that there are students who are opposed to desecrating flags on campus -- that is, if the flags represent terrorist organizations.

noted were ..."allegations of attempts to incite violence and create a hostile environment," as well as "actions of incivility."

should they .... put up a sign that reads: Conservatives need not apply.

other docs cite that: The letter noted, "Burning an American flag as part of a political protest is expression protected by the First Amendment." And: "Speech does not constitute incitement if a speaker's words result in violence because people despise what the speaker said and wish to silence him or her."

The university Spokesperson: "The university stands behind this process."
Now what would happen at hypothetical flag burning like this picture ? Now I don't encourage any violent protest at all, after all if you're going to win someone over to your side, you need a much bigger weapon than mere violence. Love conquers all.

1 comment:

Egyptoid said...

the deal is, Republican students burning or stomping on a flag doesnt communicate the correct message, which is that liberal or radical students are the ones with nothing constructive to do. Some of the main points of being a conservative student would be attending class, doing homework, community service. That's why other students are out protesting.