My answer was also "No".
But after further consideration, I do not think it should be explicitly illegal.
There was a time in Western societies when no one would have done such a thing because the social ramifications would have meant total ostracization and embarrassment for the offender and his or her family: this is perhaps the softest of what Louis Althusser called Repressive State Apparatuses. RSAs keep individual members of a society in check by invoking shame or (in some religious corners) the threat of damnation when that individual goes against prevailing ideology.
Of course going against prevailing ideologies helped end segregation (to some degree) and slavery, aided in establishing women’s suffrage; surely other moments of Good remain unmentioned here, but have been born from ‘going against the grain’.
However, the trend of rebelling against these invisible and undocumented social institutions governing U.S. society brings with it those who would rebel against the more helpful aspects of our ideology: for instance, considering unacceptable the notion of profiting off of a soldier’s death.
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