Burning Old Glory is a right, but burning ‘that’ flag gets you fifteen years. Does that seem right to you?
Fifteen years in prison?
Ames Church of Christ Minister Eileen Gebbie said the sentencing was both heartbreaking and justified.
“Nobody got shot (and) nobody was sexually assaulted,” Gebbie said. “It was a banner. How much does that hurt? But I had to reflect on the fear it created in our sanctuary. People became afraid to go to church. We had to continue to talk about how to prepare for an active shooter and we learned from the trial Mr. Martinez had been watching our church for some time.”
“I believe him to be very dangerous,” Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said. “That’s why my office recommended the maximum sentence.”
That’s right. A Church in Iowa posted a rainbow flag and a pro-LGBT message on it, which 30-year-old Adolpho Martinez found offensive. He tore it down and burned it.
He’s a father of three.
The flag featured a rainbow design and read “God is still speaking.” “We believe God is still speaking to us through the Bible and through each other … and because of that we’ve been able to get to a place where we can affirm all of God’s children, including queer people,” said the Rev. Eileen Gebbie, a church minister who herself is gay. Martinez told KCCI in June that he was “guilty as charged” and that it was his “honor” to burn the flag. “It is a judgment and it’s written to execute vengeance on the heathen,” he said. The judge was all for the maximum sentence, as Martinez has a history of harassment.
Great job guys.
This pleased the church’s pastor, Eileen Gibbie, who told the Des Moines Register, “I often experienced Ames as not being as progressive as many people believe it is, and there still is a very large closeted queer community here. But 12 people that I don’t know, who have no investment in me or this congregation, said this man committed a crime and it was crime born of bigotry and hatred.”
Ministers claiming to represent Christianity want people that ‘persecute’ them locked up now, leaving their kids fatherless?
You were offended. Period.
You wouldn’t hack it in any foreign or historical context where your faith actually costs you something. If you’re THAT prissy about having your Christian (or other) ‘Identity’ offended, you have COMPLETELY missed the point of the Christian message altogether, and might want to listen to the people challenging the legitimacy of your faith on other moral grounds.
Jesus’ remedy for that was to pray for your ‘enemies’, and turn the other cheek when you’re offended — not haul them before court.
What would this same ‘minister’ say about the violent thugs who attacked a federal building, tore down the ‘Blue lives matter’ flag, defacing it, and ran up the Mexican national flag? Would they demand the same sentence?
That group has a history of violence.
What about Antifa clods burning Old Glory. Would she throw the book at them? Or claim they’re somehow misunderstood?
Nowhere do we have an inherent right to be liked and respected.
ClashDaily has reported on endless stories about Red-hat MAGA fans getting ACTUALLY hit with violence. Should THEIR attackers get fifteen years in prison for doing ACTUAL violence?
There are instances of manslaughter or child abuse that will literally have lighter sentences than this guy.
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