TX vs Johnson

Anna Velazquez 2B


Gregory Johnson, while protesting, poured Kerosene on an American flag and burned it.


Johnson reasoning for burning the flag was that it was a symbolic speech, and his actions are protected by the First Amendment.


No matter how offensive the action was it is a form of freedom of speech that is a civil right.

It's importants

This case is significant because it clarifies what freedom of speech covers and a symbolic speech is a form of freedom of speech.

Significance today? It still is important today, because people can express their voices in a symbolic way too cause an impact of change in the government, during protest.

Future significance? The court believes that citizens have a right to express their voices if it does not violate the First Amendment; it will never be unconstitutional.