Desecration Law and Legal Definition

Desecration is the act of depriving something of its sacred character. For instance, the desecration of national flag is an offence. Desecration is the physical mistreatment which the actor knows will seriously offend one or more persons likely to observe or discover the action. The flag-desecration statute is intended to protect the physical integrity of the flag against impairments that would cause serious offense to others, and is aimed at protecting onlookers from being offended by the ideas expressed by the prohibited activity. [Tex. v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (U.S. 1989)]