Is Obama’s face on U.S. flag illegal?

Posted on October 15, 2009. Filed under: Obama | Tags: , , , , |

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Is Obama’s face on U.S. flag illegal?

President’s mug on more than 20 altered Old Glory banners

By Chelsea Schilling

At least 20 American flags with the stars removed from the blue field and President Barack Obama’s face inserted are still available on numerous eBay auctions – but, according to a state code, the listings may violate the law.

WND found three auctions for dozens of defaced flags on the auction site – all located in the state of Washington and within one hour of one another: Castle Rock, Vancouver and Longview.

The listings were posted by ucandoit45, mekaitlyn-2008 and jaysterd.

The U.S. flag code does not specify penalties for desecration or misuse of the United States flag, but each state has its own laws for such issues. According to the Revised Code of Washington, the eBay items located in Washington may constitute improper use of an American flag:

RCW 9.86.020
Improper use of flag prohibited.

No person shall, in any manner, for exhibition or display:

(1) Place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, color, ensign or shield of the United States or of this state, or authorized by any law of the United States or of this state; or(2) Expose to public view any such flag, standard, color, ensign or shield upon which shall have been printed, painted or otherwise produced, or to which shall have been attached, appended, affixed or annexed any such word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement; or

(3) Expose to public view for sale, manufacture, or otherwise, or to sell, give, or have in possession for sale, for gift or for use for any purpose, any substance, being an article of merchandise, or receptacle, or thing for holding or carrying merchandise, upon or to which shall have been produced or attached any such flag, standard, color, ensign or shield, in order to advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark or distinguish such article or substance.

RCW 9.86.030
Desecration of flag.

No person shall knowingly cast contempt upon any flag, standard, 

color, ensign or shield, as defined in RCW 9.86.010, by publicly mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning, or trampling upon said flag, standard, color, ensign or shield.Improperly using or desecrating the American flag is considered a gross misdemeanor in the state of Washington.

Read the rest of the story with pictures on WND.com

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