Stupid State Laws

Stupid Country Laws

It is illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag.

  • FormerSeattleite

    This is actually a federal law, known as defacing the American flag. If you think it’s stupid, please go tell that to a wounded veteran.

  • Jimbo

    Actually, it’s not a federal law. The supreme court has ruled it’s legal to deface the US flag.

    What, pray tell, where those veterans wounded for if not defending the freedom to deface a flag?


  • FormerSeattleite

    Jimbo? I know a chimp named Jimbo.
    At least I know how to read…

    Title 4 USC § 8(g): “The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature. ”

    They call these Stupid Laws for a reason.

  • Natitude

    That title is specifically talking about the official flag design of the Unites States. It would be illegal for Congress to vote to put a Bald Eagle on the flag, for example.

    The right to deface the American Flag has time and time again been held up by the Supreme Court as part of Article I of the Bill of Rights, freedom of speech.

    It is true that many veterans organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion do support an amendment to the Bill of Rights making it illegal as well as various state laws making it illegal.