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Hate Crime Hypocrisy? Burn Trump banners Media cheers, burn a Rainbow Flag get 16 years

“Rules for thee, but not for me.” this appears to be the playbook when it comes to “Hate Crimes.”

30-year-old Adolfo Martinez of Ames, Iowa, has been sentenced to sixteen years in prison for going on church property, removing  LGBTQ flag, and setting fire to that flag in front of a nearby bar. Martinez, spoke publicly to the local news, KCCI, in June, “It was an honor to do that. It was a blessing from the Lord,” Martinez said. “It is a judgment, and it is written to execute vengeance on the heathen and punishments upon the people.” He further stated, “I burned down their pride. Plain and simple.”

Here are the stated three charges and sentence that happened:

  • Third-degree harassment – 30 days sentence.
  • Third-degree arson – in violation of individual rights  – 1 year.
  • Hate crime15 years.

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.” It is worth noting that this act of Arson without the attachment “Hate Crime” would have meant facing a maximum of two years.  Adding a habitual offender charge took a maximum five-year sentence to fifteen years for a “Hate Crime”. There was no indication that the fire set, with lighter fluid, caused any physical injuries or structural property damage. The “Hate Crime” component is related entirely to the object, the flag, as representing Gay Pride. Every state is not universal in sentencing requirements, and Iowa law requires the offense of Third-Degree Arson, which is an aggravated misdemeanor, change to a Class D felony when “Hate Crime” is attached. This distinction played a paramount role in sentencing.

Habitual offender laws or Three Strike laws enable judges to tally up past felony offenses for maximum years against the convicted. These laws are controversial and have been recently changed in some states and are being looked at closely on the Federal sentencing level. Martinez, according to Iowa Courts online data search, appears to have a DUI, a marijuana charge, 5th-degree theft, criminal mischief, and minor traffic violations pull up on his record. The enhanced “Hate Crime” created the third felony on his record, which enabled the habitual offender charge. It should be noted that Mr. Martinez did not choose proper legal representation and pleaded not guilty at trial. In Iowa, he will be required to serve at least three years before being eligible for parole consideration. In his interview with KCCI, Martinez appeared to be exhibiting some mental health issues which were not explored at trial.

When this case recently hit the headlines, it has caused many to re-think this idea of “Hate Crimes.” Even the director of gay advocacy group One Iowa, Courtney Reyes, thinks that the sentence is excessive, and says that while her organization appreciates how quickly the incident was handled. Are those who commit Hate Crimes always charged as “Hate Crimes” – applied equality to all under the law? A cursory google search would prove the above is not true in all cases:

A former FBI agent was just sentenced for illegally accessing a person’s personal computer, and then distributing stolen information to media sources because they were anti-Trump and pro-resistance. He received a seven-day sentence and a $500 fine, but no “Hate Crime” charges were forthcoming. Why no “Hate Crime?”

We are all aware of the hoax perpetrated by Jesse Smollett, and he is free and thriving after indicating MAGA supporters attacked him. Was that hoax not motivated by hate and a desire to target a specific population? Why no “Hate Crime?”

There have been too many violent attacks on Trump supporters to name them (but check out our Liberal Hate Map) few ever get sentenced with a “Hate Crime.” Then there was the case where a neighbor attacked Senator Rand Paul and left him with severe lung damage – his sentence was only 30 days. And what of all those “Hate Crimes” on our Liberal Hate Map? We all know that Media bias cheers and defends liberal hateWhy no “Hate Crimes?”

I attended [editor’s note: the author is our very own RFSO reporter on the ground] the 2016 Presidential Inaugural on the Mall of Washington DC and observed: “the left resistance” walking around lighting the ends of hair of Trump supporters, wrestling the private property of supporters and burning it, and explicitly stealing American Flags from supporters and setting them on fire. No person was arrested for a “Hate Crime.” We have all watched the American flag burning protected under free speech. Here a few videos on this:

Merriam Webster defines a “Hate Crime” as any of various crimes (such as assault or defacement of property) when motivated by hostility to the victim as a member of a group. “Hate Crime” law advocates say that extra penalties are needed for group directed crimes because society is experiencing “epidemics” of such crimes that can go viral. The data that proves that group hate incites more crime than individual crime is dubious. But even this isn’t the main issue.

The problem is which group deserves protection? What is a recognized group? What is hate? And does the shield protection become in real life a sword of political activism for groups looking to push an agenda? Federal “Hate Crime” legislation was a dangerous farce, to begin with, which sets a dangerous precedent. It is never equally applied and often used as a social justice warrior weapon for political gains by activist lawyers and judges. This case must be appealed, and it is far past time for SCOTUS to review the constitutionality of the “Hate Crime” statute.

Martinez broke the law and should have been charged. One can not normalize assault or abuse of property rights of individuals. But the Martinez sentencing was excessive – under hypocritical “Hate Crime” laws. If Martinez’s target had been a pro-life group, Christians, Trump supporters, or police officers – we all know there would not have been a “Hate Crime.” Yet, doing so is fully protected by the Constitution as an expression of political speech. Why is burning any other flag not treated the same? If I grab a hammer and sickle flag out of someone’s hand and set it on fire, will I be charged with a “Hate Crime?” Planned parenthood banner? Islamic flag?

Burning the American Flag is a surreal experience to observe and counter-intuitive to true patriots. “Hate Crime” hypocrisy is eating away at the soul of America, and causing more division than it tries to solve.

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Written by Bekah Lyons

"The simple step of a courageous individual is to not take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I was born and raised in the enigma known as "The Big Easy." There, rooted along the banks of the great Mississippi River between the creeping bayou and Lake Pontchartrain, I was conscripted on all things pertaining to human nature.  I am the quintessential southern woman, that is to say, I defy most could never accurately define what that label truly represents.  Brined below sea level where one respects; the haunts lingering about, the force of storm surge, the ethos of Mardi Gras, and the sanctity of generational family-I know what it is to belong to an organically diverse culture.

Early on in life, my career path serpentined and led to brief stints of living abroad in Europe as I indulged my passions for painting, musical theater, and the culinary arts. My young experiences evolved my purpose and honed my intuitive skills and I became a Medical Professional specializing in mental health with a focus on child/adolescent needs. After living decades in NOLA, and after hurricane  Katrina unearthed the realities of modern-day inner cities, I made the pivotal decision to relocate to where my family and I spent our summers in a quest to find security and civility in my life.

High up on one of the "grandfather mountains" I now perch in a Smoky mountain community in East Tennessee. Although, I would not trade my formative years in Louisiana, unfortunately,  that era of  America  is  no longer obtainable in the times we live - changing course was the best decision "Evah!"

I am a warrior  for freedom and truth , steeped in my ancestral history ,I am constantly reminded that stillness and introspection expands the mind and heart to possess a more nuanced understanding of all things in our internal and external world. We are all destined to bash ourselves against the rotted cultural rocks of humanity's unraveling until we recognize that a shared moral tone is essential for a free society. A healthy culture is one comprised of many unique people who offer shading and depth to the experience of living, yet all choose to accept basic truths that bind us all together-a societal moral tone. Intolerance  , censorship, intersectionality, cancel culture, apathy ,and ignorance will only groom oppression and tyranny.  Critical thought, differentiation, and dissent is your individual right granted not by government -and must always be protected, championed, and defended.


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  1. The abhorrently unequal application of justice given to Adolfo Martinez is “often used as a social justice warrior weapon for political gains by activist lawyers and judges”. This observation is the great elephant in the room that the media ignore at all costs lest they be seen for what they are – complicit.
    Excellent portrait of legal inequity.

  2. Wow…this article shocked me…15 years in prison! This is a wake up call.
    The definition of hate and its criminalization is being determined by the leftist/Marxists and is clearly one sided, totally out of proportion and a SUBJECTIVE(self interested) view!
    The leftist SJW type who set the Trump supporter’s hair on fire is FAR WORSE than what Martinez did. We are at war.

  3. I am a know nothing nobody but I do know that proving hate is difficult if not impossible to prove. If I dislike someone or something, you may think I hate it, when in fact it is not hate at all. OR, is every negative thought or action considered hate? This is very wrong. How can we have freedom of speech and yet lock up people for expressing themselves? If you can’t see how wrong this is you have no right to freedom of any kind.

  4. This needs more attention! Especially now when BLM is funded by LGBTQ! This is wrong. This story needs to go public again. He couldnt afford an attorney. They gave him a lesbian public defender. This is BS.

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