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Posted on Sunday, 5th Jul 2009 at 15:15
America is one of the few countries that has an explicit body of law defining what, exactly, constitutes disrespectful treatment of the flag. Not only is using the flag as an item of apparel explicitly covered, it also implicitly breaks several other guidelines, if you wear it while it's raining, or when it might get dirty, or at night, or if you throw it in the laundry with all your other dirty clothes, or if you throw it in the garbage rather than taking it down to the VFW to be disposed of properly.

So, everyone out there who's wearing a shirt like this*, or this, there are basically two explanations:

1) You're deliberately making the statement that the flag is just another piece of cloth, and shouldn't be afforded any more respect than any other pattern. This is constitutionally protected (and rightly so), and I approve of anyone choosing to exercising their right to free speech in this way.

2) You think you're being patriotic and respectful, but you've never bothered to go to the effort of finding out what that would actually mean. Ironically, this accidental disrespect seems to be far more common in America than in countries that don't explicitly define how the flag should be treated, and leave it up to the individual's judgement.

*Side note: Someone unfamiliar with WalMart brands might think that the legend "Faded Glory" under the flag is some kind of political comment.


famousamy at 2009-07-06 02:29 (UTC) (Link)
I suppose if those are the only options I would personally fall under category one. But "deliberately" is too strong a word.
the surfacer
the_surfacer at 2009-07-06 21:45 (UTC) (Link)
Yes. This drives me absolutely crazy.
Snes Girl - Gottit?
snesgirl at 2009-07-07 12:04 (UTC) (Link)

I love this

I have always found wearing of the flag to be *weird*
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