Flag Desecration Sucks…
10 April 2016 News
…but it’s not against the law.
Regardless of the current “facts” going around on Facebook, it’s not against the law to burn, trample, improperly display, or otherwise desecrate the flag of the United States of America. Here’s the most recently cited “law” regarding this matter:
This particular law is from the state of Arkansas and was repealed by the state legislature a few years ago because it was “overbroad or in conflict with the First Amendment” and, therefore, unconstitutional.
In 1989, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Texas v. Johnson that flag burning was protected speech under the First Amendment, thereby invalidating prohibitions on desecrating the American flag which were, at the time, enforced in 48 states.
What you have fallen victim to, WTF Nation, is sort of a “reverse sensationalism.” It’s similar to what the media does with the “Cop Shoots Unarmed Black Man” headlines and is nothing more than a ploy to create an issue where there isn’t one. How much do you want to bet that the guy who originally posted this image is laughing and telling all of his friends how many likes and shares he got?
Here’s an example which caused such an uproar that PacSun had to pull the shirt off their shelves.
Do I agree with desecration of the flag? No, I do not. Do I agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the citizens of this country to desecrate the flag. Absolutely. I like to believe that those of you who are serving or have served in this country’s armed forces know the difference between the flag and what it represents. We don’t serve the flag – we serve to defend the citizens who live under the flag and their right to free speech.
Hold your heads high. Be proud of your service and pay no attention to those who would tear you down with trivial matters. Wolves, sheep and sheepdogs.