This is crazy. A man in the town of Ames in Iowa, near Nevada, has been handed down a 16-year jail sentence just for burning a rainbow flag that was hanging outside a church, the United Church of Christ.
Sixteen years! That sort of sentence is supposed to be reserved for murder, or severe assault. A lot of killers and rapists walk free with less than that. And it’s quite common for people to publicly burn the US flag and the flag of Israel – they don’t get jail sentences.
30-year-old Adolfo Martinez was sentenced to 15 years for arson and given a year for reckless use of explosives or fire and 30 days for harassment. The sentences are to be served consecutively.
The incident was classified as a “hate crime” which means the court victimized him just because it was an LGBT flag. It was only worth a few dollars and nobody was harmed or put at risk by his act. Compare this to the way the law treated Ed Buck, rich homosexual Democrat donor (see earlier articles on this blog). Two young black men died in his flat as a result of his perverted behavior yet he wasn’t even arrested until a third young man nearly died, earlier this year.
A homosexual “Pride” flag should never have been hanging outside a church and Martinez was right to find this offensive.
Protest to the local press in Iowa and to the city and state representatives. Protest on your social media accounts. Complain on TV and radio phone-in shows. This is an outrage.