I think cross burning is a wonderfully rich topic. Opponents of hate crimes legislation, like myself, must recognize that some forms of “speech” really are beyond the pale. Free speech absolutists — not like myself — need to recognize that simply “adding more perspectives” doesn’t make democracy richer or better. And, because rightwing racists love to tout “state rights” have to deal with the fact that a state can ban certain speech. I agree with the Klan that cross-burning is speech. I just disagree that it should be protected. My only question is, how come Christians don’t get more vocally upset about cross-burning? I don’t necessarily mean in terms of the racist aspect. I mean, when someone burns the American flag, we’re outraged. Isn’t burning the enduring symbol of christianity bad too?