Comment: Burning a flag

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Burning a flag

is indeed protected by 1st Ammendment. You may be commiting an act...but it is an act of expression, the same as burning books or art.

We look at these things as harmful (which in the majority of cases, like this one, they are), but they still acts of expression, whether of hate or not.

The 1st Ammendment protects our right to express this hate and even though it's disgraceful, you can't punish someone for hating you.