Do countries other than the US have issues with how people treat their flag? Do you?
In the US, there is a lot of etiquette pertaining to our national flag. One of the rules states that: “The flag should not be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins).”
Despite the rule, loads of people do decorate their homes with the flag in some interesting ways. The pictures I see on Pinterest that show the flag used in interior decorating generally get a pretty intense response. Probably about ¾ of the commenters are quite vocal about how disrespectful, disgraceful, and even shameful the practice is, with the other ¼ not understanding what the first people are so worked up about. (It seems to be a divide between older/younger people, military vets/non-vets, and maybe conservatives/liberals.)
How do you feel about this issue? Is it disrespecting the flag to hang it on the wall as art or use it as a bedspread or curtain? Is this type of thing important to people in other countries, too, or is it just an American thing?