Logical Reasoning - Analyzing Arguments - Discussion

Read the below passage carefully and answer the questions:

Some groups want to outlaw burning the flag. They say that people have fought and died for the flag and that citizens of the United States ought to respect that. But I say that respect cannot be leg-islated. Also, most citizens who have served in the military did not fight for the flag, they fought for what the flag represents. Among the things the flag represents is freedom of speech, which includes, I believe, the right for a citizen to express displeasure with the government by burning the flag in protest.

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Which of the following, if true, would weaken the speaker's argument?

[A]. An action is not considered a part of freedom of speech.
[B]. People who burn the flag usually commit other crimes as well.
[C]. The flag was not recognized by the government until 1812.
[D]. State flags are almost never burned
[E]. Most people are against flag burning.

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

If an action is not included under freedom of speech, the speaker's main argument is incorrect.

Sreenath said: (Feb 10, 2015)  
Here author is supporting the flag burning. So if most people are against flag burning, it automatically weaken the speaker's argument.

Tony Adams said: (Oct 18, 2016)  
Kindly read the 3rd sentence carefully. "Also, most citizens who have served in the military did not fight for the flag, they fought for what the flag represents. " That means most citizens are supporting the movement and hence they won't oppose the action of flag burning.

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