Call It Old Inflammable

BURNING OLD Glory may become harder to do--no thanks to the proposed constitutional amendment that would outlaw flag desecration. A new flag on the market doesn't catch fire. National Flag & Display of New York figures that widespread use of their product will make the contentious issue moot. Says company Vice-President William Ross Lindsay, who claims Betsy Ross as an ancestor: "Maybe this can take the heat out of the debate."

The Untorchable, as it's called, melts into a puddle of goop. And this takes hours. That would deprive protesters of the drama they get from quick ignition of bright, devouring flames.

The no-burning amendment, which passed the House June 28, now goes to the Senate. Bill Teator, an aide to amendment sponsor Representative Gerald Solomon (R-N.Y.), says the flag could still be desecrated in other ways, so the ban still is needed. Critics knock the amendment on free-speech grounds. $by

Cindy Webb

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