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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 14, 2005
KABUL, Afghanistan - Thousands of Muslims, from Gaza to Pakistan to Indonesia, emerged from prayer services yesterday to join Afghans in rapidly spreading protests over the reported desecration of a Quran by American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In Afghanistan, at least eight people were killed and more than 40 hurt, bringing the death toll over four days of anti-U.S. rioting to at least 16, with more than 100 injured. For the first time, a policeman was killed. Three protesters were killed and 23 people wounded as the police grappled with a crowd of more than 1,500 in Baharak, in far northeastern Badakhstan, the police chief of the province, Gen. Shah Jehan Nuri, said in a telephone interview.
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September 18, 2014
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics come from "Defense of Fort McHenry," a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in the Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Baltimore should be proud of this heritage and the 200th celebration that has taken place over the last week. The Star-Spangled Banner is the most patriotic song in United States history, and it originated in Baltimore.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1995
After years of trying to combat the desecration of Baltimore's Holocaust Memorial, Jewish leaders have decided to tear down the huge slabs of concrete that make up the stark main section of the downtown landmark.The Baltimore Jewish Council wants to redesign the shrine to get rid of its imposing concrete structure to prevent its further use as a toilet and shooting gallery for drug addicts. The memorial was dedicated to the 11 million victims of the Holocaust.A somber Arthur C. Abramson, the council's executive director, said yesterday: "We lost the battle long ago. The community has decided it must raze the current structure."
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January 19, 2012
I am a 15-year-old American Muslim girl, and until now I have had to live with the shame brought by Muslims who represent an idea of Islam that does not even exist in the religion. Now, after hearing about the obnoxious desecration of insurgent corpses by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, I have to live with the shame of my fellow countrymen representing values that have no place in the fabric of American beliefs. Yet part of me asks, what else would one expect? Not that these kinds of acts are in American culture, but in the sense that the terrorists have been making assaults on this country for so long it is by now probably very hard for Americans to set aside their feelings of anger.
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By Jonathan Gelb and Jonathan Gelb,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 2, 2001
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - In a barracks-style building with rooms full of stainless-steel tables, X-ray machines and embalming stations, mortuary workers tend to the dead. Two months into their mission, they are "close" to identifying the remains of all 189 victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, according to an official. But one difficult question looms ever larger over this grim work: What should be done with the remains of the five hijackers who commandeered American Flight 77?
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July 12, 1997
FOR MORE THAN two centuries the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution have been celebrated as the Bill of Rights. Their provisions offer both a protection of American rights and liberties and a symbol of those liberties.But liberty is not always popular, as illustrated by efforts to outlaw desecration of the American flag.Burning or otherwise insulting an American flag is offensive to citizens, especially so to those who have risked their lives defending this country. And yet the Constitution is clear: Americans have the right to be angry with their country's government, and to express that anger in symbolic ways.
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By THEO LIPPMAN ETA | August 30, 1998
The Senate is expected to vote next month on this amendment to the Constitution: "The Congress shall have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States."The House of Representatives passed the amendment in June 1997 by a vote of 310-114.According to the Citizens Flag Alliance (CFA), a coalition of patriotic, civic, religious and veterans organizations, which is pushing for the amendment, 64 senators are pledged to vote "aye." That's one more than voted for it in 1995, the last time it came to a vote there, but three less than the two-thirds majority needed to approve of constitutional amendments when all 100 senators vote.
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By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,SUN STAFF | July 3, 2005
O say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave - on bandanas and beach towels, on aprons and ashtrays, on coolers and playing cards, socks, sneakers, suspenders, ties, tote bags, fanny packs and welcome mats. And not just o'er the land does it wave, but around the shoulders, atop the heads, on the lapels and even between the legs of the free - as in the case of the American flag G-string and thong available from Teddygirl.com. As Congress ponders a Constitutional amendment to prohibit "physical desecration" of the flag, its commercial exploitation - once viewed as so crass that most states passed this country's original flag-protection laws - continues unabated, relatively unscorned and largely unnoticed.
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By S.V Ashman | November 2, 1991
Crushed beneath asphalt runways,moccasin prints lie buried --pointing the way to villageslong forgotten.Lost arrowheads rest besidepolluted waterways,overlooked by allbut the sharpest eye.The dust of the old ones' bonesdrifts on the wind,whispers through the trees,their songs no longer heardamid the deafening desecration.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff | July 9, 1991
A former employee has been charged with the toppling of 87 tombstones at Woodlawn Cemetery last week that caused more than $10,000 in damage, Baltimore County police say.The employee, Walter Norman MacFarlane III, 27, of the 2300 block of Poplar Drive, was charged with trespassing, destruction of property and graveyard desecration, police said.MacFarlane was being held at the Woodlawn Station lockup pending a bail hearing today, police said.Some of the tombstones cracked when they were overturned, said a manager at the 200-acre cemetery in the 2100 block of Woodlawn Drive.
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August 31, 2011
The 1989 Texas v. Johnson case invalidated laws against flag desecration in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The American Legion and veterans everywhere were outraged that the court, in a 5-4 ruling, took away a fundamental right of the people to protect their flag - a right possessed since the birth of this nation. For 17 years, the American Legion and the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition of more than 140 organizations, have championed the passage of a narrowly drawn Constitutional amendment that would return to the people the right to protect Old Glory.
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By PETER HERMANN and PETER HERMANN,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | December 10, 2008
The drug dealers swarmed around Tiffany Square. "Kill Bill, middle of the block," came the clarion call from the man in a blue winter cap and tan coat, slinging heroin named after the blood-thirsty movie of a revenge-bent killing spree. "Down there, the car at the light," one of the spotters yelled toward a customer. This scene isn't from 1991, when 6-year-old Tiffany Smith, playing with a doll, was struck in the head by a stray bullet fired during a shootout between rival drug dealers, the start of a decade of drug violence from which the city has yet to recover.
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By LEONARD PITTS JR | September 1, 2008
You can't blame Karen Fletcher for deciding not to fight. Had she lost, she faced the possibility of five years in prison. Under the plea agreement she accepted in early August, she got six months of house arrest, five years on probation and a $1,000 fine. But if the agreement allows Ms. Fletcher, of Donora, Pa., to avoid the more onerous punishment, it also allows us to avoid a violent collision between morality and the Constitution. Karen Fletcher is a pornographer. And not just any old pornographer: The 56-year-old woman specializes in the rape, torture and murder of children.
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By Richard Boudreaux and Richard Boudreaux,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 10, 2007
JERUSALEM -- With eight young immigrants from the former Soviet Union under arrest, Israeli authorities said yesterday that they had broken up a violent neo-Nazi gang that desecrated synagogues and staged at least 15 attacks on religious Jews, Asian workers, drug addicts and homosexuals. The news shocked Israelis, whose state was founded in part as a refuge for Jews in the aftermath of the Nazi Holocaust. Video said to have been taken by the skinhead gang to document its beatings was shown at yesterday's Cabinet meeting, triggering urgent debate over what to do about immigrants who came as Jewish offspring but grew up to commit hate crimes and shout, "Heil Hitler!"
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July 4, 2006
"Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, "and an audience is electrified." The United States of America, in all its complexity, is no small enterprise, its citizenry more than a crowd. But over the years, those who designed and refined its flag have kept a healthy charge flowing through our national conversation. An act by the Second Continental Congress in 1777 resolved that the flag should contain 13 stripes and 13 stars, representing the number of colonies.
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By LEONARD PITTS JR | June 25, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Thank you, Dianne Feinstein. Composition teachers all over the country are indebted to the Democratic senator from California for an editorial published Tuesday in USA Today. Instead of tearing their hair out trying to instruct students in the finer points of logic, rhetoric and critical thinking, teachers will henceforth be able to simply pull out Ms. Feinstein's piece and say, "Don't do this." They will never find a better illustration of a bad argument badly made. Ms. Feinstein is co-sponsor of something called the Flag Protection Amendment, the latest congressional effort to amend the Constitution to protect the U.S. flag from "desecration" - an interesting word, given its connotations of religious devotion.
NEWS
December 12, 1995
AN ASTERISK on the Bill of Rights? That could happen, if the Senate votes today to send to the states a proposed constitutional amendment allowing states and the Congress to prohibit the desecration of the American flag. Since most state legislatures are already on record in support of such a move, there is a real chance that, after more than two centuries, Americans would vote to place the first restriction on the freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.The proposed amendment passed the House in June by a wide margin, and now is within a few votes of attracting the two-thirds majority it needs in the Senate.
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By William Safire and William Safire,New York Times | October 12, 1990
ON THE eve of the Hebrew holy time called Succoth, as thousands of Jews prayed at the sacred site known as the Western Wall, a double desecration took place.A crowd of 3,000 Arabs, many carrying stones brought with intent to throw, took up position overlooking the worshipers at the wall. Amid shrieks of hatred inciting the mob to violence, the bombardment of stones began.The congregation fled in terror; 28 of those in prayer were reportedly wounded.That was the desecration of Judaism, designed to provoke police on the scene to bloody reaction.
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June 14, 2006
To: The Star-Spangled Banner Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. Well, old girl, it's that time of year again. There'll be bands and parades and fireworks over Fort McHenry to celebrate the 229th anniversary of the Stars and Stripes being chosen as America's flag. And, of course, your particular role in inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem during the War of 1812. Despite divisions in the country over the war in Iraq, the American flag has largely been able to escape being caught up in the bitterness, as it was during the Vietnam War. In fact, it could be argued that since 9/11, Old Glory has rarely been more popular, both as a unifying symbol for the country and a fashion statement - copied in all manner of clothing and home accessories with no offense intended or taken.
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By STEVE CHAPMAN | May 24, 2006
CHICAGO -- Conservatives, almost by definition, have an appreciation of the past: They want to conserve valuable traditions and principles. But one of the paradoxes of many people who go by that name is that they are forgetting essential precepts of their own philosophy. Their current eagerness to amend the Constitution, not once but twice, stems mainly from impulses that are anything but conservative. Last week, Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would bar weddings except those involving one man and one woman.
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