Via press release from hate group leader Mat Staver:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that burning the American flag is First Amendment protected speech. But if you burn an LGBT flag, it’s another story. An Iowa court just sentenced a man to 16 years in prison after he torched an LGBT flag.
That’s a hate crime in Iowa, which means Adolfo Martinez, who stole the pro-homosexual banner off a church and used lighter fluid to set it aflame, will spend the next decade-and-a-half behind bars.
What he did was wrong, but no one was hurt or verbally threatened. Sixteen years is an extreme and disproportionate sentence. It’s also an ominous signal of LGBT power and the growing threat it poses to your freedom and mine.
That’s why—with your help—we fought throughout this year to STOP the radical LGBT assault on freedom misnamed as the “Equality Act.”
Staver goes on to make the usual money beg but never mentions that Martinez got such a hefty sentence due to his prior felony convictions. Iowa has a three strikes-style mandatory sentencing guideline passed by the Republican state legislature.