The Flag Desecration Amendment (often referred to as the Flag-burning Amendment) is an American proposed law, in the form of constitutional amendment to the Bill of Rights, that would allow the U.S. Congress to prohibit by statute and provide punishment for the physical "desecration" of the flag of the United States.
Our democracy is strong because we tolerate all peaceful forms of expression, no matter how uncomfortable they make us feel or how much we disagree. The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed and reaffirmed that the right to desecrate the flag is included in the Constitution’s protection of speech.
Flag-burning first became an issue in the U.S. after the Civil War and it's had a colorful and storied legal history since that time.
1777: Approval of Flag Design — The Continental Congress approved the stars and stripes design for the new American flag on June 14, 1777 (Flag Day) in order to designate and protect U.S. ships at sea. However, the flag did not become a widely used or generally popular symbol until after the Civil ...
The Supreme Court declared on June 11, 1990, that laws against desecrating the flag are unconstitutional
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Flag desecration is one of the nation’s most controversial and polarizing First Amendment issues. Several times during the 20th century, the Supreme Court handed down decisions on flag desecration, holding it to be protected expression.
Courtesy of the Mid-America Arts Alliance Related stories from Kansas City Star Public art or desecration? — katy bergen, kansascity, "Controversial flag removed at KU is flying in KC Crossroads," 12 July 2018