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June 28, 2006

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Stephanie

I seem to remember from peaking at your old scouting handbook was that burning a flag was considered the only respectful way to dispose of an old one. Never hear that mentioned in the debate.

ArtK

You're quite correct. According to the Flag Code (part of US law),

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
(30 USC 10 §176 (k))

I didn't listen to the debate on the ammendment, but I'm sure that the proponents will give you some weasel-words about "intent."

There's something else entertaining in 30 USC 10 §176:


(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.
(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.
(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.

I wonder how many of the pseudo-patriots have violated these sections? 80%? 95%

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