Whether it’s the people who harassed the families of the children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary or the ones who believe that we are headed for a New World Order government controlled by Monsanto/aliens/etc. – conspiracy nuts are at least mentally unstable and often just despicable.
I kind of expected someone, somewhere to do something stupid like this, and sure enough it happened right here in Acadiana. KATC reported:
“Lafayette police are trying to find out who placed two cardboard cutout images of crashing planes at the 9-11 Memorial in downtown Lafayette.
The 3D graffiti was apparently placed at the monument overnight. Police say they are in the process of removing it.
The stabilizer on each plane includes a reference to the New World Order conspiracy theory–the Eye of Providence and the initials “NWO.” For some, this theory includes the belief that the 9-11 attacks were carried out by the United States Government.
The 9-11 monument is a 1-by-100 scale of both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It includes three beams from the World Trade Center, limestone from the Pentagon, and soil from the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, field in which Flight 93 crashed.
The monument was dedicated on September 11, 2002–the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks.”
Despite no valid proof whatsoever, these are people who are pressing on with their delusional beliefs that our government was involved in carrying out the worst attack ever to happen on US soil. And guess what? That’s their right to indulge in whatever bizarre fantasy they want. It is a free country, after all. If you want to think the Boston bombing was staged, or that people didn’t really land on the moon, or that the government is dumbing us down with chemicals – go right on ahead with your pipe dreams.
However, when you drag that tinfoil hat out into public and start spouting your crazy everywhere, you shouldn’t be surprised when rational folks start laughing at you. When you start harassing the families who’ve lost loved ones because you want to “prove” the existence of some shadowy government conspiracy story sold to you by Infowars or other crackpot websites designed to make money off your delusional fantasies, don’t be shocked if we push back hard.
Late this afternoon, word came down that 35-year-old Salvador Perez has been arrested and charged for the incident. He faces up to $1,000 in fines and two years in jail for criminal damage to a historic building and criminal trespassing. If you ask me, he should be required to offer a public apology and undergo a mental health evaluation. It’s one thing to exercise your free speech rights; it’s something totally different to publicly display your insanity by trespassing and defacing a memorial with conspiracy garbage.
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