Protests: More Fuel for The Fire

More Fuel for The Fire

Until last month, when Congress restored its cachet by making it a criminal offense, flag burning had virtually gone out of style as a means of radical protest. Now desecrating the Stars and Stripes has become a bit of a fad. Last week four demonstrators staged a torching on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Among the participants: Gregory Lee Johnson, whose conviction for setting fire to a flag at the 1984 Republican Convention led to a Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of the practice. Said Johnson: "We're back."

The burning was designed to produce a quick challenge to the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!