Co-sponsors needed for flag amendment

Legionnaires are asked to rally support for the flag amendment in both the House and Senate.

House Joint Resolution 47, introduced by Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., currently has 80 co-sponsors. Thanks to the efforts of Legionnaires in the departments of West Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Idaho, all of those respective states' representatives have signed on as co-sponsors.

The amendment, which reads, "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States," currently is assigned to the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

H.J. Res 47's companion piece in the Senate - S.J. Res. 15, introduced by Sen. David Vitter, R-La. - has 26 co-sponsors. The measure has been referred to the Senate's Committee on the Judiciary.

To keep up to date on the flag amendment and all other pieces of legislation moving through Congress, visit the Legislative Action Center.


  1. Our Flag should be respected! Go burn a chinese flag in China, or a Russian flag in Russia, or another country and see what happens to you! First of all you must get our Leaders to respect the flag! Our flag represents our Country! Many have died for it! Burning of a flag properly is one thing, Burning our flag Disrepectful is another thing??? In America, we have freedom of speach! In America, there is too much disrespect for our American Flag! You don't put another countries flag above ours!!! When other nations put their flag above our flag, then it is time to ship them out of our country! There is a limit! I say, respect our flag, or get out of this country!
  2. I concur with ndbb214man and think the Legion should use its resources in a much wiser manner. I aslo agree with flagpole, that to show your Americanism, then fly the flag you so value at your house.
  3. I do not support such an amendment. Congress would be creating a new form of unprotected speech when flag burning/desecration has traditionally been protected (see Texas v. Johnson, or U.S. v. Eichman). This is a bad precedent and could potentially allow Congress to constitutionally ban previously protected forms of speech. Also, flag burning is not a threat to anyone. Child pornography is banned because the state has an invested interest in protecting children and this overrides any claims of free speech. Flag burning does not harm or exploit. The people offended by it, choose to be offended by it. It is more un-American to ban flag burning than it is to burn a flag.
  4. I support the effort, however, the resolution does not define "physical desecration." Would this be defined by specific actions, or would the Flag Code become enforceable as law?
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