But nobody is burning flags, why bother outlawing the practice?
Flag burning has never been widespread in our society, but when it did occur it was generally punishable. And that's the position of most Americans: if you are going to desecrate our flag, you shouldn't be able to do it with impunity. The Supreme Court's 5-to-4 decision was divided into two basic camps. The court's majority camp said: "If you hate flag burning, combat it by waving your own flag proudly." The court's minority camp said: "It's society's responsibility to legislate against conduct that is evil and profoundly offensive such as flag burning." The Citizens Flag Alliance agrees with the minority on the court. At this point, however, it really makes no difference what either side said. The decision is the law of the land and the people are now exercising their constitutional right to change the law.