Burning a selective service registration certificate
In 1966 four friends burned their draft cards on the steps
of the South Boston Courthouse to protest the Vietnam War.
After the cards were burned, a crowd that had been watching
attacked the four young men. An FBI agent in the crowd took
the men into the courthouse, where they were arrested and
charged with violating a law that made it illegal to destroy
or mutilate a draft card. The protesters said that this law
unconstitutionally denied them freedom of speech.
this speech protected?
not, what harm might occur as a result of the speech?
value or right is conflicting with free speech in this case?