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Louisiana Parish Council Passes Bill to Protect Flag From Desecration

Flag burning

The Iberville Parish Council without debate and against the American Civil Liberties Union’s recommendation passed an ordinance “to prohibit flag desecration of (the) American Flag, Louisiana Flag and Iberville Parish Flag.” Council Chairman Matthew Jewell stated he was not against the First Amendment but that “seeing a flag going up in flames is unsettling to me.” The ACLU stated that “Flag burning, ‘desecration,’ or other acts involving the flag, like other forms of dissent, are political speech fully protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution” and federal flag protection laws have been struck down by the Supreme Court (United States v. Eichman).

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