OK, So I explained a little there, Now let's be more specific. Again, I don't hate flags, But burning, Destroying or otherwise disrespecting flags is part of freedom of speech. I personally would never burn a flag, But I don't mind if you do. At least in U. S. It's your right.
No, We should never be forced to respect the nation’s flag. Just as we should not be forced to use proper grammar, Speak respectfully, Say excuse me or hold the door open for another person.
The Flag represents the nation, In other words it represents all of all of us. That alone justifies its respect and anyone that does not respect the flag should be ashamed of themselves.