What is going on in America? People can burn an American Flag and it is Free Speech. I don’t have to like it but I am OK with a person’s right to express themselves. But what if it’s an LGBT flag? Hardcore prison for that.
This is America where we must now remain politically correct at all times.
Lifesitenews.com has the story:
NEVADA, Iowa, December 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A man who was arrested this summer for stealing and then lighting a church’s LGBT rainbow “pride” flag on fire has been sentenced to prison for 16 years.
Adolfo Martinez, 30, of Ames, Iowa was found guilty last month of having committed a “hate crime” – arson – plus reckless use of explosives or fire.
According to the Des Moines Register, Martinez stole the flag, which had been hanging at Ames United Church of Christ. Then, using lighter fluid, he burned it early on June 11, 2019 outside a strip club called Dangerous Curves Gentleman’s Club.
Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said in June that “hate crime” charges were added because Martinez “is suspected of criminal mischief against someone’s property because of ‘what it represents as far as sexual orientation.’”
Many responding to the news on Twitter thought the punishment was disproportionate to the crime.
“Would stealing an American flag and setting it on fire earn anyone prison time?” asked one user. “Absolutely not.”
Exactly, if I went and stole an American Flag from someone and burnt it, I might be in trouble for stealing it, but I certainly wouldn’t be looking at a 16-year prison sentence.
Honestly, it shocks me that this story is coming out of conservative Iowa and not some God-forsaken liberal hell-hole.
I understand that this was classified as a hate crime, but most crimes are hate crimes.
Why would a guy steal and burn an American flag?
Because he loved America?
Would stealing an American flag and setting it on fire earn anyone prison time?
— FISA brings down the house 🇺🇸 (@mogul_american) December 19, 2019
How far has America fallen when a gay pride flag gets more respect than Old Glory?
- Maxine Waters Supporters Burn American Flag, Wave Pan-African Flag, Chant ‘Black Power’ At Protest
- Hillary Supporters Burn American Flag, Riot, Threaten to Kill Trump After Losing Election
- Pro-Amnesty Activists Burn, Rip and Trample American Flag on Independence Day
I am a blogger who writes about politics, not a journalist.
So I don’t have some witty response here.
All I can say is that this story makes me sick.
Should the guy be punished for stealing and destroying someone else’s property?
Sure, I don’t dispute that.
But I am sick and tired of examples being made of seemingly decent people who make bad decisions.
- Meet Jason Vukovich, American Vigilante: Alaskan Currently Doing 23 Years in Prison After Targeting Pedophiles
The Alaskan in the above link didn’t kill anyone. He did steal from pedophiles and he did beat them up.
They made an example of him for going after pedophiles, plain and simple.
They didn’t seem to take into account that he was the victim of a pedophile as a child and wanted vengeance.
That sounds more like justified insanity to me than hate.
If we were not talking about gays and child molesters both Martinez and Vukovich would have likely received the proverbial “slap on the wrist” with a fine & a probable light sentence.
I’m not disputing that both should not have done some time, but both cases seem to be cases where people were made examples of to please the evil overlords of the left.
Tell me I’m wrong.
Article posted with permission from Dean Garrison
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