i dont like reagans policies ONE BIT. let me protest by burning this flag!
you are under arrest, you have violated a Texas statute that prevented the desecration of a venerated object, including the American flag, if such action were likely to incite anger in others.
mr. johnson, you have been found guilty.
THIS VIOLATES MY FIRST AMENDMENT OF OF EXPRESSING FREE SYMBOLIC SPEECH
we have agreed to hear your case Mr johnson.
flag burning constitutes a form of "symbolic speech" that is protected by the First Amendment. The 5-4 of us noted that freedom of speech protects actions that society may find very offensive, but society's outrage alone is not justification for suppressing free speech.