Charles Levendosky is the editor of the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune editorial page and a noted columnist on First Amendment issues. In the following viewpoint, Levendosky argues that burning the American flag is a form of political speech, and as such, is protected under the First Amendment. Prohibiting flag burning, he contends, risks turning the flag into a symbol more sacred than any religious icon and the United States into a dictatorship.
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