I don't think that Moog's boyscout example was satire. I remember when my brother was in the boyscouts, and they "retired" their old, worn-out flags with ceremonial burning.
But regardless, there is a significant difference between burning a flag and planting a burning cross on someone else's property for purposes of intimidation. Also a HUGELY significant difference between burning a flag and the murder of thousands of people.
That said, I think flag burning as a form of protest is just stupid. However, I agree with the author of the article above, that if we pass an amendment elevating the status of the flag as a symbol like that, we are engaging in idolatry.
You're right. It was not meant to be satirical at all (I was wondering where that came from). I was merely wondering if such would cover special ceremonies too. We showed extreme respect for the flag in them and they were a very spiritual experience. Our Boy Scout leaders always scolded us if even a little of the flag touched the ground.