It is a crime to batter the American flag and then raise a foreign flag above the battered American flag Posted in: Opinions In the last few years, demonstrators against our country have been destroying our flag and more in public demonstrations. They are relying on a 1980s U.S. Supreme Court decision that even such destruction of our flag in a democracy is permitted as freedom of speech. However, there is a major difference in the actions in current rallies. There is a broad common law and statutory law principle that even a sovereign democracy, like the United States, has the right to protect itself from internal acts which could lead to the overthrow of our government. The raising of the foreign flag above the ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!