The patriotic law that almost everyone ignores
from By Roy Phillips
Federal law is found in the United States Code (USC). Title 4, Chapter 1 of the USC pertains to the United States flag. While the law specifies the manner in which the flag is to be treated, there is no official penalty. Furthermore, the Supreme Court has ruled that defacing the flag is a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment in two cases. These two cases did not strike down Title 4, Chapter 1, but they did rule against the constitutionality of local and state flag protection laws. Why is protecting the flag important?
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