August 13, 2014

Flag-Burning Outrage

This is not First Amendment protected speech.

WEATHERFORD (CBS 11 NEWS) – Suspects have been taking down flags from outside of homes and burning them. The crimes continue to outrage homeowners in Weatherford. Now the hunt is on for the vandals responsible.

Fire and police investigators looked down and saw the charred outline of the American Flag — still attached to the pole. The Stars & Stripes had been flying on the porch of a Weatherford home. The incident is the fourth burned flag call Weatherford police and fire responded to Monday.

“This one we just discovered within the hour,” said Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins.
Homeowners say they didn’t know what was going on. “We just drove up an hour ago and the fire was in the middle of the driveway,” explained Rowlee Johnson, who lives at the targeted home. “We had no idea what had happened.”

American flags are displayed throughout several northwest Weatherford neighborhoods. Since Friday, seven of those flags have been burned, three overnight Thursday or early Friday.

Before anyone tries claiming that flag burning is free speech, you need to remember something. You can burn your own flag -- but you cannot steal someone else's flag to burn. And you are still required to do that burning in a manner that does not constitute a danger -- as this action in a state where there is an ongoing drought most certainly does.

There are a number of crimes that the perps can be charged with once they are caught -- but there is one thing that I guarantee will not happen. Despite their hateful actions, the perps will not face hate crime charges. On the other hand, if these were Mexican flags (or crosses), the Obama/Holder Department of Just-Us would already be conducting an investigation and preparing federal civil rights charges.

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