Hi there,how are you?Good God willing.As a supporter of freedom, I support the right of people to protest whatever they like, by burning whatever inanimate object they like, whether it be the US flag, the Saudi Arabian Flag, the Bible, the Koran, effigies of various politicians, or a bag of Marshmallows, provided the following 2 things are true:
1. The burned object belongs to them, and they didn't steal it.
2. They take care not to let the fire get out of control, so that it burns up buildings, people, or large areas of forests or grass.
Please do Allow me to state some humble words in response to your comment:
Be it in the name of Islam or Humanism. My freedom should start where yours begins.It is a very nihilistic and self contradicting view you are portraying there,as you are limiting freedom and it's effects to their material dimension.
If one seeks to try and do his part in making this world a better place for the together living of Men,he must show compassion ,understanding,support and reliance to his next.
Am sure you don't swear at your next door neighbor ever morning when living for work in the name of freedom at least I hope you do not have to live under such circumstances ,for no reason,it would be useless and reflect only one's own poor state of mind.What is forbidding you from doing so,what is somehow making you say"Hi, how are you,Good morning"?.It is your conscience,your sense of goodness and awareness of social harmony.Well balanced, adult and responsible People don't usually go around and throw racist slurs at others because of the color of their skin,size of their noses or that of their behinds...in the name of Freedom.
Every action lays the stage for a reaction,and if you now for one second could get out of your own little world to gain a bigger perspective,you would realize that this world with all it's social,and communicative structures is but a very fragile Giant boat, if it sinks and looses it's balance we are all going down,the circle of violence will never end.
We would be playing big fish eats small fish and if we are not good enough at doing so , because of our consciences and human dignity somehow,we could delay the time when Elephants and Gorillas would start thinking about putting us inside Zoos to visit us once a week with their children,we de be reproducing with everybody anyways in the name of freedom, no trust, no faithfulness no feelings,no loyalty,no dinners and discussions to share no courting and proposal for marriage nada,just take what you can !! .
Like some dude they showed on a TV report a while ago,in some remote area in the Caucasus.He did not have enough money to marry,the gilr and her parents refused, he went to the girls house put her over his shoulders and ran to up the forest as he was saying to the camera, the French woman reporter was speechless,..lol
If there was any good in some sort of limitless, non well defined Freedom,well that was his conception of freedom...and to everybody his...
Those are therefore not just flowery words that are made to amuse pessimistic minds.Oftentimes there is much Joy in giving rather than taking,much satisfaction in having ones own Ego under control rather than let it guide us to the destruction of our surrounding and ultimately our own selves.A clean person can not live in the midst of dirt and chaos, so do free and appeased souls.
One of the Khilafa of Islam named Muawiya ibn Abu sufyaan R.A said once (and some brother or sister would be blessed to correct the exactitude,wording..etc )
'If there was between me and my friend something as fragile as a hair of good relation,everytime he pulls I will let go and everytime he'd let go I would pull".
Allah swt has showed us Muslim other practical ways to deal with our tensions and frustrations.Through Charity,Prayer,Pilgrimage,fasting,Marital duty,hard work..etc.We do not need this kind of circus. There is no need to be enemies with those who do not harm us .
Freedom As you yourself have stated has limits ,for us and for these protesters,it is the sky that should be the limit in our perceptions.This is why You see brothers and sisters not being happy about such misbehavior.
All I have said was a response to what you have written,it is not directed to you personally neither does it hold the pretension of being judgmental or to have any fathering type of tone,I hope you take it positively.
Take Care .Be well.