Teen Charged With Burning American Flag
AP - A northeast Iowa teenager accused of burning an American flag is charged with second-degree arson and desecration of a flag under the state's flag desecration law.
Maryann Beck, 15, of Independence is accused of setting the flag on fire at the local VFW hall Tuesday night.
Police Chief Douglas Rasmussen says it was “a pure act of vandalism”. He says flag was on a flag pole outside the hall when it was set on fire.
Iowa law makes it illegal to publicly mutilate, deface, defile or defy the American flag.
Rasmussen says Beck was charged as a juvenile and she was turned over to her parents. He declined to comment on a possible motive.
Few things make me madder than the burning of our flag--and all the liberal 'free speech' snivelers can go wet themselves for all I care! If people don't respect their own flag enough to keep it sacred, they don't deserve the civil rights it stands for.
My father--and many other relatives--fought under that flag and defended it with their lives. I'm sorry all the peaceniks and anarchists and whiners-about-free- speech can't educate themselves well enough to have a better way to protest than to light a match to it. They WON'T do it around me!