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Texas v. Johnson

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Facts
Greg Johnson burned an American flag in protest of the Reagan administration's policy. Though many were angered at the time, no one was injured or threatened with injury.
- In order for TX to win, it must prove that it has a compelling state interest in passing that law.
Issue
May a state prohibit a political protester from burning the American Flag?

NO, Liberal
Opinion
-"expressive Conduct"
--His burning of the flag is expressing a political idea.
-...."if there is a bedrock principal underlying...govt may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable."
- Hes arguing what the American flag stands for.