I’m not a flag worshipper BUT since it _is_ part of the civic prescription, when I’ve been in charge of a flag, I treat it respectfully. I learned how to fold it in Boy Scouts and we burned a few too.
I don’t wear clothing with the flag on it. Is it a flag or isn’t it? Am I an official of the US government? I’m not.
For me, I find it tacky sticking the flag on paper plates, underpants, bikinis, shot up with bullet holes on T-shirts and stuff.
I may not worship it but I know what it represents and when America fails to live up to the flag’s promise.
A few years back, there was a little old Mexican lady who owned a house on a significant corner with a flagpole. She raised and lowered that flag daily.
I don’t know how long she lived there: I think she lived alone – was there when I moved in in 2002-3-ish.
One day a few years ago, the grass started getting overgrown and the flag was no longer there. I can only presume she died.
That woman knew what the flag’s about without ever speaking to her once.