what are the pros and cons of burning the american flag?
Unless you are retiring a flag then you don't burn them, if it is a retirement of flag then there is a ceremony to go through. Scouts do these all the time.
As far as protest, well, I'm an old hippie, and to be honest, I never saw any sense in burning the flag. Some people thought it made a point I guess. But even to an old hippie like me, it simply shows too much disrespect. Not disrespect for America, but disrespect to those who fought and died to keep that flag flying. There are better ways to protest and burning the flag says nothing about your cause. It only says something about YOU.
THERE ARE NO 'PROS' to burning a flag ! - As Bones says - burning your countries flag shows disrespect for those who fought and died to give you the freedom you have today. - Any ex military person has respect for the flag they fought under, even if not necessarily for the government
If the flag is tattered and worn, then the "pro" regarding burning it is that a proper retirement ceremony shows respect for the flag and all it stands for.
As Elden says, contact your local Scout Council to arrange for a retirement ceremony for your flag instead of continuing to fly a flag that's in poor shape. It's the right thing to do.
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