Back when the ACLU actually stood for defending the bill of rights, they defended American Nazis who marched through Skokie, Illinois. Because free speech — no matter how vile or repugnant — is guaranteed by the First Amendment. Or used to be.
No matter what you may think of a man who flies Nazi flags outside his home, it’s not illegal. Nor should it be. It’s a form of free speech and some would argue that it’s better for people like that to self-identify.
Early Sunday morning a woman at a party across the street from Alexander John Feaster’s home in Garfield County, Oklahoma tried to steal one of the flags. He shot her multiple times as she ran away.
According to [Garfield County Sheriff Jody Helm], she was dared to try and steal one of the two swastika flags that hang in Feaster’s front yard. So, she ran over to do it.
“On the way back someone hollered gun,” Helm said. “She dropped the flag at the end of the driveway and shots were fired.”
The proud Nazi sympathizer was arrested without incident.
Feaster is in the Garfield County Detention Center on charges of shooting with the intent to kill and assault and battery with a deadly weapon.