American Flag Stands For Tolerance

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After reading “Texas v. Johnson” and “American Flag Stands for Tolerance”, I was able to get a better understanding of the Supreme Courts decision and Allen’s opinion. Both texts show that Gregory Lee Johnson’s actions in burning the flag was allowed, but it can’t be tolerated. In “Texas v. Johnson” the tone is very precise and to the point. “The way to preserve the flag’s special role is not to punish those who feel differently about these matters. It is to persuade them that they are wrong” (Brennan 16). Justice Brennan sums up the Courts decision and his own opinion in a clear and purposeful way. Even though the Court decided to allow the burning of the American flag, Brennan suggests that people should realize that they’re wrong in doing so.…show more content…
“The American flag is a cherished symbol of our national aspirations. It is the closest object to a national icon, rivaled only by the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence… what is the harm in insisting a modicum of respect for it” (Allen 18). Allen feels that the flag is a very important symbol to the nation and thinks that everybody should show respect towards it. The tone used to describe his reasoning is very fierce, as Allen points out the wrongs in the decision. Even though Allen thinks that the Supreme Court wasn’t wrong in their decision, his opinion is very strong, as he suggests how people should treat the flag with respect because of its importance. Furthermore, the tone in both texts fits in with the context of the written

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