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Inside City Hall in Dallas Texas in 1984 the Republicans are re-nominating Ronald Reagan for President On the web site wwwuoregonedu it said Outside protesters chant Reagan Mondale which will it be Either one means World War III and Red white and blue we spit on you You stand for plunder you will go under Gregory Joey Johnson pours kerosene on an American Flag and sets it on fire Texas penal code outlaws the desecration of a venerated object the same web site said The state convicted Johnson and at his trial Johnson explained his reasons for burning the flag The American Flag was burned as Ronald Reagan was being renominated as President And a more powerful statement of symbolic speech whether you agree with it or not couldnt have been made at that time Its quite a just position We had new patriotism and no patriotism The state appeals court overturns Johnsons conviction So Texas takes the question to the US Supreme Court The vote is 5 to 4 Johnson is not guilty Justice William Brennan delivered the majority opinion and writes If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeableWe are tempted to say in fact that the flags deservedly cherished place in our community will be strengthened not weakened by our holding today Our decision is a reaffirmation of the principles of freedom and inclusiveness that the flag best reflects and of the conviction that our toleration of criticism such as Johnsons is a sign and source of our strength Indeed one of the proudest images of our flag the one immortalized in our own national anthem is of the bombardment it survived at Fort McHenry It is the Nations resilience not its rigidity that Texas sees reflected in the flag--and it is that resilience that we
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