Texas v. Johnson case

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  • Gregory Lee Johnson burned the U.S. flag during a political demonstration at the Republican National Committee (RNC) in Dallas, Texas.
  • He was sentenced one year in jail for burning the flag.
  • "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting exercise thereof," (The First Amendment).What this means is that you're allowed to believe in whatever religion you want to and it also protects your rights.
  • The Texas v. Johnson case was a decision by the Supreme Court of the U.S. that individualized prohibitions on desecrating the American flag. It examined "symbolic speech" protected by the 1st Amendment.
  • The outcome was ruled that the burning of the U.S. flag was a constitutionally protected form of speech under the U.S. constitution's First Amendment. The Supreme Court of the U.S. decided the outcome.
  • Flag desecration today is legal. What determined its legality was the Texas v. Johnson case. If a person desecrated a flag today they would be imprisoned for not more than one year. the most recent controversies surrounding flag burning would be protesters.
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