Is Flag Burning Free Speech?
Free speech, one of Americans' most cherished freedoms, is commonly thought of in terms of spoken or printed words. Yet speech also can take the form of a symbolic action, like the burning of an American flag. Does the reverence with which most Americans regard the flag override our commitment to free speech? In other words, can the government restrict the ways in which national symbols such as the flag can be used in protests?
United States v. Eichman (1990)