Liberal Derangement

Iowa Man Gets 16 Years for Burning LGBTQ Flag

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An Ames, Iowa man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for stealing and burning an LGBTQ flag.

The Supreme Court has ruled that burning an American flag is protected by the First Amendment in the name of free speech but other flag burnings can net you sixteen years?

I do not condone him stealing the flag from the church and had he been charged just with that, I would have no problem with him receiving punishment for his act, but he is being punished for free speech.

This just seems like a very disproportionate sentence for what he has done.

This is special protection for members of the LGBTQ community.

I would not deny their right to live their lives as they wish but this is a bridge too far.

Adolfo Martinez, 30, of Ames, was found guilty last month of third-degree arson in violation of individual rights — hate crime, third-degree harassment, and reckless use of fire as a habitual offender.

The prosecutor calls it a hate crime against 2% of our population but ignores the hatred for the 330 million Americans who suffer hate by those who burn our nation’s flag.

Somehow, we are expected to accept this as justice?

From The Des Moines Register

He was arrested after stealing a pride banner hanging at Ames United Church of Christ, 217 6th St., and burning it early June 11 outside Dangerous Curves Gentleman’s Club, 111 5th St., police said.

Martinez admitted to police that he lit the banner on fire with lighter fluid and a lighter after stealing it from the church, according to court documents.

Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said the 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.”

He faced a maximum of five years in prison for the hate crime and arson charge and a maximum of a year and month for the other two charges, according to Iowa sentencing guidelines.

Court records list him as a habitual offender, allowing him to be sentenced to a longer prison term.

 

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Bruce_in_AZ August 17, 2021
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Arson?  Burning a flag is now considered arson?  This is not justice.  The question is whether a person can criticize a concept when the conept has been desiganted as a protected class.  
Desert Dweller August 17, 2021
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I say hang that queer judge!  16 years for burning a queer flag but NOTHING for those queers,antifa,BLM for burning peoples businesses??   we need to have some necktie parties for corrupt marxist judges imho
Sandra Lee Smith August 17, 2021
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1st that "flag" represents NO nation or political people group, ergo is not to be held to such a standard; 2nd, if it's "okay" to burn our national ensign, it's equally "okay" to burn any other group emblem.   Stealing is not okay, but neither is unjust persecution for "perceived hate".  BTW that rag had NO BUSINESS inside, or on, any bldg labeling itself a church!  Only national flags& Christian flags have any business there! 
SammiJoCole8 August 17, 2021
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I think he deserves a medal! 
glenn398 August 17, 2021
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Democrats version of justice and get ready for a lot more of it. 
Orange peel August 17, 2021
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Judge that does this doesn't belong in America. You can burn a American flag but not a gay flag.. The justice system is a joke. This judge needs tar and feathered and deported out of America. You gays need to stop your anti American crap. You are no better than Isis. Your submission to stupidity is disgusting.
David August 17, 2021
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What kind of perversion of justice is this? Needs to be tried by a jury, not a pervert judge with a wild hair.
Truth_Seeker! August 17, 2021
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Let me see if I have this right....Burning the U.S. flag (Freeedom of speech), burning down State flags (Southern with the blue X), Christian flags, any non Liberal type flags/banners, again fredom of speech! But burn down a LGBTQ flag, go to prison 16 years!? OK got it, this is insane, liberal run America and world now!  
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Diane August 17, 2021
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He should have burnt down that phony church and not bother with just the flag. Any church that calls itself Christian yet flies a flag that represents what the bible cites as an abomination represents the tenets of Lucifer and not that of Jesus.
Randy Rose August 17, 2021
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The crime was stealing the flag. The hate crime added was too much.
Davidme August 17, 2021
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Hey, What about those BLM gang members who burned an AMERICAN Flag outside FOX News the Other Night ?!?!?!  They should be sent to Jail for their acts Of Over the top Disrespect for OurFlag and Fox News !!! 
William G Munson July 9, 2021
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The Flag that he Burn is not a Legal flag  on the USA flag is legal  the Judge should lose lic  period and the man Free for sure too  
Sandra Lee Smith July 9, 2021
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That rag represents NO nation, & deserves no special protection!  1 rule for all flags! Either burning ANY flag is an hate crime, or burning none is!
Flags of protest in gods face. July 9, 2021
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After having read a large number of your blogs and agree with almost everything I've read, I'm still set back with the biggest problem that seems to be invisible here! Has anyone considered what a travesty it is that this flag was flying as part of a church   promotion! Yes, the whole Miscarriage of justice around this Phony trial Is sickening, but when we consider that a Christian church represents such behavior as the LGBTQ as appropriate dwarfs anything else that happened afterwards. What a petrifying society we live in! We are in the last days and God will rectify all of this soon and there won't be anybody waiving any queer Flags of protest in gods face.
Babsan July 9, 2021
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How long is the sentence for burning the Old Glory?
Betty Blakley July 9, 2021
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How does this happen in Iowa?  Or any place!  No one gets prison for burning our American Flag!  What's up Iowa?  You lost all your minds too? we ought to start burning LGBTQ flags in quantities of 52 for every American Flag that is burned!
Desert Dweller July 8, 2021
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This is BULLSHYT! for burning a queer flag?  Put dirty waters in for 16 years for threatening the president?  no, she doesn't get shyt, WTF is this??
ReaganConserv July 8, 2021
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I'm old enough to remember when the left would tell people that "Why are you so upset, it's just a piece of cloth" when people burned an American flag.  Are flags no longer just a "piece of cloth" now or does that just apply to the alphabet crowd's flags? 
JMc July 8, 2021
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Occurred in 2019... still sucks... but is old news... 
jan deen July 8, 2021
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The fact that many of us do not speak out against the offensive fact of a flag promoting Sodomy and unwholesome sexual practices EXISTS because we have the good sense not to wish to make it an ongoing public issue of dubious taste and waste of time IS OF COURSE IGNORED FOR CRUDE NEWS AS USUAL.  This is the definition of ignorant and offensive to civilized humans. 
Original Anna March 27, 2021
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How come we can't read the comments. Why waste our time on posting if we can't read the comments of others. That's what everybody is really interested in, the opinions of others.
Maria March 26, 2021
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What kind of country will allow burning the Country's flag by anyone and the courts proclaiming that this is the right to free speech of those persons; yet; condemn one for burning an LGBT flag? How low has our country fallen that allows people to burn our flag which represents the soveregnity of our country while punishing a person who burns a flag that represent a small group of those who profess immorality and make a mockery of religion and science. Only in the USA!
Clyde March 26, 2021
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So burning a LGBTQ flag gets your 16yrs. but burning the American flag is FREEDOM of SPEACH... What has happened to this country. WAKE UP AMERICA
A-Jay March 26, 2021
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I do find it offensive that he ripped off the rainbow banner from the privacy of a local church. It's a theft but then setting it on fire more being political dissent. Stealing is one issue but burning the flag is seemingly as much of a political statement as burning the American flag and not being incarcerated for torching the American flag. Does 16 years in prison seems a little overboard?
VFWmember March 26, 2021
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This is my view of this story after I checked it out. I may have gotten wrong info. I may have read it wrong. Maybe it was the 3 beers. But in my eyes......Why don’t you give the whole story instead of acting like CNN. I’m not saying he shouldn’t have been given some kind of punishment but the 16 years wasn’t just for the flag burning. Google him and get the reason it was 16 years. Sorry but can’t take your site as truthful.
Larry Gaines March 26, 2021
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This is totally wrong and unjust. The judge must a LGBTQ Freak lover or member
de52 March 25, 2021
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Wait! I thought flag burning was protected 1st Amendment speech. No? So does that mean we can now prosecute and get 16 years for anyone burning an American flag? What about all those protester/rioters from last summer? Let's start with them!!
Dick Palmer March 25, 2021
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Why not just make him buy them a NEW flag?That should be standard procedure for any one taken some bodys flag and destroys it .I mean if you can burn the American flag then you should be able to burn any flag?Either it is freedom of speech or it is not.Sending some one to jail for that long is insane.
Deborah March 25, 2021
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W T F ? UH NO! Charge those that have burned the AMERICAN FLAG!
commoguy46 March 25, 2021
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It's not illegal to burn the national emblem (flag) but God forbid you insult an LGBTQ deviant by burning their unofficial flag and you go to Jail? WTH is that? And it's a hate crime to burn the gay flag but it's not a hate crime to burn the U.S. flag? I hope sane sensible people can see what's happening in our country.
Robert Pemberton March 25, 2021
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This is an exorbitant amount of time for such and act. However, what really angers me than=t for too many years, liberals and hoodlums have been able to stomp on and burn the American flag and the liberal congress members refuse to make it against the law "because it is only an example of free speech". What in the "heck" is the difference?
DonRS March 25, 2021
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And the Judiciary demonstrates its TONE DEAFNESS, once again!
sandrad720 March 25, 2021
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So what is the penalty if he were to burn the United States flag??!!!
Deb March 25, 2021
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SERIOUS BULL-SHIT! Antifa can burn our American flag and have NO repercussions for it and a REAL man burns the ONLY flag that should be burned and HE is chastised? NO NO and NO!
janice Alderson March 25, 2021
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I guess it is ok to burn and American flag. Time to burn all these Lgbtq flags, they are disgusting. One man one women.
JIM February 8, 2021
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My god, i'm facing 1,000,000 years.
JIM February 8, 2021
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How far do these idiots think they can push us?
JIM February 8, 2021
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You can burn Old Glory, but you can't burn the Fag Flag.
Big Mike February 8, 2021
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ONLY IN THIS TWISTED INSANITY WE CALL UNITED SOCIALIST AMERICA !!
Dave February 7, 2021
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Hmm. Somehow 16 years turns into about 7.5 if you read it through and do the math. I think additional sentancing for "hate crimes" is the beginning of viewpoint prosecution. That being said, what about this habitual offender part. What's that all about? Maybe this guy needs to spend some time behind bars.
Kurt Malerich February 7, 2021
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What utter BS. 30 days if convicted of anything relating to this would be excessive.
The Iceman February 7, 2021
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What a crock of shit. The American flag is worth nothing but someone else's flag for whatever it represents means 16 years in prison. This Supreme Court is not what it was meant to be. It is an arm of the Leftist Domaorats out to ruin this Country. What happened to the POS FBI lawyer who lied to the FISA Court and caused great harm to others and only got 1-year probation and no loss of Law License. This Countries Justice system has gone down the toilet.
Oldwolf February 7, 2021
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So you can burn the flag that so many bleed for in weird out fits , but if you burn a flag that stands for a bunch of gay dancing around in weird outfits ... you get 16 years in jail ??? Are you retarded or what. I take it that's a hate crime , but burning the USA flag is freedom of speech ??? Am I right . Are you really this retarded . How can one flag be any different then another flag . Specialy countrys flag . If it offenses you , you can always leave the country and find a flag you like and stay there . This is just to damn stupid to rap around ones head . grow the f#ck up and stop acting like a bunch of pussys cause everything hurts your pussy feelings . Your feelings don't matter
Chris Wolf February 7, 2021
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How sick is our justice system? The judicial branch is nothing more than the strong arm of the liberal left. Liberal? They are anything but..
Mary Davis February 7, 2021
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But there are no consequences for burning the American flag. I'm disgusted.
Allen February 7, 2021
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You get 15 years for burning that rag but you get nothing for burning the American Flag? How screwed up is this. We keep pandering to the less than 1% when is majority rules coming back ? Are these little pimps going to fight for this country when we are taken over? Countries like Muslims, China, North Korea would rid them in a heartbeat.
Danko February 7, 2021
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That should be a misdemeanor at the most.
Gloria Youmans February 7, 2021
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I would like this or share but I do not belong to any of the social media's due to limiting it to one side and not the other. This prevents all from seeing both sides and making a rational decision. Totally wrong, same sentence for all regardless of flag. This is about Equality. Where is the Unity?
Leroy February 7, 2021
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Why him, a lot of people burn that flag.
linda February 7, 2021
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are you kidding i would have given him a GOLD medal you idiots sending him to prison for 16 years for the burning of a gay flag BUT YET YOU GIVE A PASS TO ALL THE SCUM THAT HAVE BURN OUR AMERICAN FLAG OVER THIS PAST YEAR YOU PARASITES IN IOWA ATTORNEY JESSICA REYNOLDS YOU ARE A DISGRACE I WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM A GOLD MEDAL BUT SCUMS LIKE YOU GIVE THE PARASITE BLM & ANTIFA A PASS FOR ALL OF THE AMERICAN FLAGS THAT THEY BURNED AND ALL THE BUSINESSES THAT THEY DESTROYED OH BUT THAT WAS OK BUT ITS A HATE CRIME TO BURN A GAY FLAG OH BOO HOO I WOULD BURN ONE ALSO THEY DONT DESERVE ANY MORE PROTECTION THAN US THAT LOVE OUR FLAG
JC February 7, 2021
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Talk about penalty not matching the crime!