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Flag desecration bill challenges first amendment as your research topic

Interesting research paper topics would be to discuss the 2006 bill in Congress that would have made flag burning and other desecration against the American flag a crime. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson that burning the flag is a form of free speech, which is protected under the First Amendment.

Learn more about flag desecration for your next research paper. (Credit: Heartland)

Learn more about flag desecration for your next research paper. (Credit: Heartland)

Yet while incidents of people burning the U.S. flag in America are rare, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sponsored the Flag Desecration Amendment, which would give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. For your term paper, you can discuss the pros and cons of a burning American flag amendment and its challenge to freedom of speech. Read more

Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments spark first amendment debate

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson has been put on hiatus with A&E due to recent controversial comments. (Credit: Phil Johnson)

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson has been put on hiatus with A&E due to recent controversial comments. (Credit: Phil Johnson)

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the reality show Duck Dynasty, was placed on hiatus from the program after making anti-gay comments in an interview with GQ magazine. Robertson, a citizen of Louisiana and a conservative, compared gays to sinners “akin to adulterers and swindlers,” a contributor to the Manila Bulletin wrote in “Patriarch off ‘Duck Dynasty’ after gay comments.” Duck Dynasty’s network, A&E, which has a long history of supporting LGBTQ rights, placed Robertson on hiatus after the comments were released, and booksellers have faced pressure to take Robertson’s book, Happy, Happy, Happy, off the shelves. The events have sparked a controversy about whether the reaction to Robertson’s comments is an infringement on Robertson’s First Amendment rights — his guaranteed freedom of speech. Politicians including Sarah Palin and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have weighed in. If you are looking for a good research paper topic in political science, take a look at the way politicians, critics and fans of reality television view the First Amendment. Read more