By Justin Jaech
The Times 

Remembering Flag etiquette

Have you ever been vexed by your feeling that somebody is showing disrespect for the American Flag or the National Anthem? Have you ever thought that there ought to be a law against it?


Well, there are laws, but they never had many teeth, and for quite some time, they have had no teeth whatsoever. Court rulings have consistently determined that a show of disrespect towards the flag or the National Anthem is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. But the laws are still on the books, and they describe clearly what is considered respectful behavior and what counts as Flag desecration. Presumably, most people who openly display a flag that has been desecrated do so out of ignorance and not out of an attempt to show disrespect towards the flag.

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