Should burning the American flag be illegal? The right to be able to burn the American Flag should be illegal. Burning the flag is a form of expression, not speech. How is burning the American flag legal when burning money isn’t? From the ThoughtCo. Article, “..makes tearing up or burning money a crime is Title 18, Section 333, which was passed in 1948..” If burning the flag is a legal form of symbolic speech, then why is money treated differently? There are two main opinions on the topic and no matter the law, there will always be people that disagree. According to ACLU article, “Democracy is strong because we tolerate all peaceful forms of expression, no matter how uncomfortable they make us feel or how much they disagree.” It is a natural response for citizens to disagree with others actions. Are we to outlaw all political expressions that bother residents? Some opinions indicate that burning the American flag is a form of expression rather than speech. More from the ABC news article, “President Donald Trump wrote on Tuesday that anyone caught burning the American Flag should face consequences — including having their citizenship yanked or facing a year in jail, according to his tweet.” This issue has come up a few times in the supreme court, but has never been passed.
Head, Tom. “Anti-Flag Burning Laws in the U.S.” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, 2018, http://www.thoughtco.com/united-states-flag-burning-laws-history-721207.
King, James. “How the Law Protects Flag Burning in the United States.” ABC News, ABC News Network, 30 Nov. 2016, abcnews.go.com/Politics/law-protects-flag-burning-united-states/story?id=43855624.
Murse, Tom, and Nieman Foundation. “Here’s Why Mutilating Your Money Can Land You in Prison.” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, http://www.thoughtco.com/is-burning-money-illegal-3367953.