Flag burning crosses the line

July 22, 2013 

As to be expected, the acquittal of George Zimmerman has brought about a wave or protests and demonstrations across the country.

The right to peaceably assemble is one of our rights as Americans, but some elements of protest have gone too far and gotten out of hand. People have abused the right of protest and dissent.

Most despicable, as has been demonstrated in the recent wave of protest, is the burning of the American flag -- the flag of the very nation that gives protesters and demonstrators the right to do as they do.

If the flag-burning protesters despise our judicial system or are contemptuous of our government and our country, then it is ironic that they get to live in it. It is also shameful that the rest of us tolerate their behavior. In many other countries their antics would not be tolerated.

If it were up to me personally, I would deport every last one of those flag desecrators to either Cuba, Iran or North Korea. Let them live with other people who seemingly despise our country, our government and our way of life.

Frank B. Austin

O'Fallon

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