Should flag-burning be a crime?

Flag burning - Hopefully a neutral-looking flag that can't be associated with a country for obvious reasons of offence.
October 29, 2006 9:01am CST
Is criminalising flag-burning a restriction of freedom of expression? Though I realise a fair few countries already have the law in place are you content with that? Separate if possible whether or not it should be a crime one can be punished for from it being 'right' or 'wrong' in your opinion. In the UK several high-ranking officials want the the burning of flags to be a criminal offence, in a move to crack down on extremist protesters. Police chiefs also wants a ban on items used to cover protesters' faces. (Hopefully I also chose a neutral looking flag to avoid the offence of it being biased to any country)
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28 responses
• United States
30 Oct 06
Usually the only countries that give you the freedom to do what you want, are the countries it isn't a crime to burn the flag. Why burn the countries flag that gives you the right to burn it? If you hate that country so much, then move to one that wont let you burn their flag.
@meeoww (1174)
• United States
1 Nov 06
BRAVO! Well stated.
• United States
19 Mar 07
I think flag-burning shouldn't be a crime. People have the rights of doing what they want. It's just a flag, it doesn't really hurt anyone.
• India
5 Jan 07
yeah its obvious that flag burning should me acriminalising ofence.......... we are suppose to respect our nation which in turn means to respect our national flag... Burning it means no respect to the nation.. So on my opinion it should be a criminalising offence
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I think it should be. I think its terrible that freedom of speech can be abused to ironically. It just shouldn't be allowed, people shouldn't want to do it anyways.
@rmuxagirl (7568)
• United States
29 Nov 06
I'm all for freedom of speech, but burning is flag should be criminal. It's almost like treason against your country. Like sndcain said, once you see a family member in a coffin with a flag on top your views change. You view the flag as something other than material or something pretty in the sky. It represents so much and something different to each person.
• India
17 Nov 06
It's a shame if somebody burns a flag!! It's a serious crime!
@Aali311 (6127)
• United States
17 Nov 06
I don't think it should be a crime, but it will definately have an impact on people to see their nations flag burning.
@Mommamea (1215)
• United States
14 Nov 06
I definetly think one is a criminal who burns the flag. Freedom of speech is one thing but to disgrace the flag of your country is beyond letting your voice be heard. If you don't want to respect your country MOVE.
• United States
12 Nov 06
yes it should be a crime.
• United States
11 Nov 06
i thought it was a crime. but if it isnt it shud be thats sort of like a hate crime
@econger (164)
• United States
1 Nov 06
No, I don't feel it should be a criminal offense. It's a piece of cloth. As long as you're not burning down someone's house along with it, I see no reason why it should not be a valid form of expression. I'm not about to run out and do it myself, but if that is how someone chooses to make a statement, I don't have a problem with it. They could be doing much worse things, like flying airplanes in to tall buildings or blowing up people in the subway.
@sksingh (1413)
• Germany
1 Nov 06
ya it should be crime, why do u not think so
@mmatoora (128)
• Iran
1 Nov 06
maybe
@meeoww (1174)
• United States
1 Nov 06
Fred the patriotic cat - Fred loves his flag blanket. He sleeps with it every night.
I don't like it at all. I have to support it in protection of freedom of speech, but it is such an incting act (which is why morons use it to attract attention) that maybe we should just put regulations to it. 1) you must file and pay for a "permit to burn flag" 2) you must have a fire ring to contain the flame 3) no supplemental flammable fluid or otherwise combustible object may be used (that leaves flint rock and a magnifying glass) and 3) the city/state is not held liable for any injuries in event of retalliatory flying objects or projections. The only reason they can burn the flag is because it's illegal to shoot them.
@code_11 (902)
• Nigeria
1 Nov 06
flag - its rather unfortunate the way people reasons most of the time
Some people choose to burn the flag. It is a controversial topic because some people are offended by that action. Supreme Court rulings have upheld that peaceful flag desecration is a form of political speech that should be protected by our Constitution. However it varies from nation to nation. Personally though flag burning is a crime.
@boopeshm (89)
• India
1 Nov 06
Ofcourse for sure... It you are hating a nation its not the whole nation but a certain citizen of that person. Please dont hate a country because of a person. You may have several other friends to u in that country. Please think twice before doing
@vbembot (750)
• Philippines
1 Nov 06
burning of flag is a disrespectful act to one's country. So burning of flag is a crime.
@oresal (1351)
• El Salvador
1 Nov 06
fire - fire
yes it is, its treason, u should go to jail for that
@skittlez353 (1404)
• United States
1 Nov 06
depends what flag. america`s flag =YES. any another country..doesnt matter to me.
• India
1 Nov 06
yes it is a crime