Man jailed for 15 years for pulling down LGBTQ+ flag and burning it
A man who tore down and burned an LGBTQ+ flag at an Iowa church has been jailed for more than 15 years for the hate crime, the Metro reports.
Adolfo Martinez of Ames, Iowa, was sentenced for the crimes of arson, reckless use of explosive/fire, and 30 days for harassment.
The 30-year-old was arrested in June and convicted in September for tearing the flag down from the United Church of Christ in Ames and burning it.
Take a look at this KCCI news report about the incident, featuring an interview with Adolfo Martinez:
Martinez told KCCI that he committed the act because he opposes homosexuality.
He said: "It is my honor, it is written, it is a judgment and it is written to execute vengeance on the heathen and punishments upon the people. It is my honor to do so, and it is an honor to that. It is a blessing from the Lord, plain and simple."
"It was an honor to do that, it’s a blessing from the Lord to be able to stand for his word firmly against all odds plain and simple," he continued. "I wish no harm upon any individual however if you guys are going to bring and forth and address it in such a manner than by all means necessary bring it forth bro, I have God on my side."
A flight attendant sparked backlash after asking a gay man to give up his seat next to his partner so a straight couple could sit together:
When asked if he had any plans to contest the charges, he replied: "No, I’m guilty, I’m guilty as charged, I say it live. Knowingly, willingly and intentionally did I do that. I burned down their pride, plain and simple. Even non-believers would agree on this matter. I don’t need weapons, I have the spirit of God on my side, bro."