And I agree with keeping it that way. BUT this question is an IS question NOT a should question and yet people here are treating it that way.
People in the No Column need to do research before answering questions. Just guessing at whether something is instead of researching it is wrong and an affront to good thinking. Even if you wish it was criminalized it's NOT. Look up your facts before you post nonsense.
While it is very distasteful and offensive to many Americans I feel that we should protects those who are making a valid protest by burning the American flag, I think that there is no need to criminalize something like that as long as they are not causing a large public disruption doing it.
I think flag burning is free speech. I know it offends some people, but causing offense is not a reason to ban something. I think making flag burning criminal will, in many ways, give it even more power, and people will be burning even more flags for the extra publicity a court case would cause.
No, I do not think that flag burning is protected free speech, because there are other ways that a person can express their disgust with the government rather than just burning a flag. Flag burning just isn't necessary. It could be considered an act of war and a declaration against the government of the United States.
I do not think that buring a flag needs to be protected under the free speech. I think that this act needs to be a thing that makes people have to go to jail for a very long time, since it is a real bad thing to day against us.
From my understanding burning the American flag is pretty much illegal. So, it would be a criminalized desecration rather than protected free speech. I'm pretty sure free speech doesn't protect the right to burn the flag. I think this is so because the sight of burning a flag is generally felt as pretty serious and it's usually involved with civil unrest.