I, for one, do not agree with the concept of hate crimes. People are no longer being convicted for the results of their actions, but also for their thoughts behind those actions. This is a frightening and slippery slope to be on. Right now, if we see any hint of religious, racial, sexual, etc as part of a motivation behind a crime, stiffer penalties are imposed. This is absolutely
Take this hypothetical incident. A white woman was raped and murdered as a result of her attacker hating whites. Its still rape as well as murder. It should be treated as such. We as a society should not give any credence to the thought process behind the action, if that thought process was based on hate. If the criminal planned ahead to rape and murder the woman, that's a pre-meditated act, not something "spur of the moment." And there are already stiffer penalties out there because of that. If the murderer just saw her and committed those acts on the "spur" of the moment, well we have penalties for that as well.
However, Hate Crimes are no longer raising their ugly heads on the streets alone; ministers, artists, writers, and talk show hosts are now being accused of such actions. Have they done anything illegal? No, at least not at the moment (but the laws are coming!). However their thought process does not follow the politically correct "party line."
Remember the riots in Amsterdam resulting from a few cartoons? Remember what happened to the cartoonist? What was he accused of? Hate against Islam.
How about in Canada where Christian ministers preached from the bible, not taking any scripture out of context, showing how God views the immoral acts of homosexuality. That preacher was charged with a hate crime.
Radio Host Michael Savage, who has never advocated violence towards anyone, has been grouped together on a list with murderers and terrorists. His crime? Preaching "hate" even though all he has done and is doing, is saying what every American with morals believes. He is speaking out against corruption and against CAIR. As far as the "political elite" are concerned, that is hate.
When the bill was first passed, the public was assured that it would only relate to horrendous crimes committed against another person. But now with the watering down of the definition of "crimes," anyone can be accused of hate.
- For the record, I know that homosexuality is immoral and wrong.
- For the record, I know that Islam is more of a conquering philosophy then a religion, and that its followers (the so called "extremists") seek death rather then life.
- For the record, I know that abortion at any stage is wrong.
- For the record, I support Israel.
- For the record, I know that Obama and his socialists liberal cohorts are ruining this country.
- For the record, I know that Affirmative Action should be abolished. It is a very racist policy. People should be promoted and rewarded for their honesty, skills, dedication and professionalism. They should not be promoted or hired just so some government quotas can be filled.
- I know for a fact that illegal immigration is very wrong,and that we should tighten up our borders.
So my question to you is this, are you also a thought criminal?