Is it illegal to write on a flag?

Like can you take a Mexican flag and draw a big black line through it? A guy in our town has done that and hung it up in his yard so I want to know if thats legal because I dont agree with him!

13 Comments

  1. 1)
    It is protected by the first amendment of the Bill of Rights:

    ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’
    -Speech also implies expression

    2)
    Desecration of the U.S. flag so far is legal. Although recently (2005) the House passed a law making in illegal to desecrate the American flag. It is still awaiting further approval through our legal system.

    B in clt
  2. You can do whatever you want to any other country’s flag in the USA. When you start messing with the flag of the good ole USA, that’s when the law breaking starts coming in to play.

    Centurion
  3. I would hope that he wouldn’t hang a Mexican flag at all in this country but you can do anything to a flag. It’s just a matter of respect.

    lonestarluver4ever
  4. Normally, it is not legal to write or disfigure in any way the Americn flag. Disfiguring the Mexican flag is not in the same category for a person here in the U.S. For that American, however, to FLY the Mexican flag on his property is not legal. ONLY the Mexicans here can fly the Mexican flag and get by with it. In Mexico, a foreigner (outside of the dipilomatic community) CANNOT fly a flag other than the Mexican flag. If they do, they can be put in jail.

    norman7774
  5. I would have to say no, because the Mexican flag is not recognized by our government in the sense that our flag or state flags are recognized. Once a flag is on foreign soil, it is considered for decorative purposes only. I’m afraid that this guy is merely guilty of poor taste.

    Rappel_Welch
  6. give me that man’s address i want to congratulate him.i owe no allegiance to any foreign country and neither does he.i think it is a great protest.

    earl
  7. In this country you can do whatever you want to any flag, yes even our own. The supreme court said that flag burning, and ect. is protected under the 1st amendment as freedom of speech.

    cduleck
  8. The mexican flag does not belong here, I think that’s a good statment considering the mexicnas were flying the mexican flag on American soil. where do you think their loyalties lie. their here sucking the blood from our nation and your worried about somebody drawing on the mexician flag. Gee I wonder where your loyalties lie.

    hexador04
  9. The Mexican flag is not protected. There are laws related to the American flag.

    However, ALL those laws are secondary to First Amendment privilges granted by our Constitution. It is almost certain that your neighbor is engaging in protected speech. You can dislike him for it, but it’s not illegal.

    sailorman

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