I’ve never been an advocate of hate-crime legislation.
One of the reasons I oppose the idea is because it seems to me that, in order to determine if a crime was motivated by prejudice, there could be no objective measure of intent. For any crime to be labeled as a hate crime, it would depend primarily, if not entirely, on the prosecutor and the victim’s sentiments and not, as current law requires, on tangible evidence.
Besides, it’s ludicrous to try and legislate feelings.
There are already a plethora of laws on the books regarding all nature of criminal acts, from murder and assault to robbery, rape, trespassing and shoplifting. And though I’m not a lawyer (thankfully), I would imagine most criminal laws could fall into a few simple categories. There’d be the ending-life category, such as thou shall not kill (i.e., homicide, manslaughter, assisted suicide, but not abortion). There’d be the larceny category, such
as thou shall not steal (i.e., cars, money, clothes, the neighbor’s bike, but not income taxes). And there’d be the lying category, such as thou shall not bear false witness (i.e., perjury, fraud, slander — unless, of course, you’re in a political arena).
On top of this, there are a whole lot of other laws governing our society, most of which I’m probably not even aware. There are laws regarding personal property, public property, federal property and state property. There are laws covering traffic, industry, commerce and pollution. There are laws for the land, laws for the sea, and laws for the air. We’ve got
business laws, tax laws, election laws and laws for laws. There are laws overseeing civil rights, immigration, deportation and institutionalization. There are laws that tell you how can treat your children, your pets, your spouse and your body.
We’ve currently got so many laws that there’s a decent probability that 98 percent of the population has broken a few laws today.
Does that make us a nation of criminals?
Or have we, as a nation, lost every last shred of common sense so that nothing exists anymore that isn’t regulated, taxed or governed?
I see hate crime legislation as nothing less than an attempt to garner governmental authority over the one last area of our lives that they haven’t managed to regulate yet — our thoughts. But not just any thoughts — only those thoughts that are inclined to be conservative. They want to ban the very views that have shaped and molded this nation into one of the most free and prosperous countries ever to grace the world.
Whenever talk of hate crimes reaches the national media, it only emerges following some vicious crime against a minority. If the victim happens to be white (but not homosexual), it doesn’t warrant discussion.
Recently, in Wichita, Kan., there was a horrendous crime involving the robbery, rape and execution-style murder of four young white people. The perpetrators were black.
Racially, had the roles been reversed, the entire country would have heard about the crime, and we’d still be hearing cries for legislation to stop this hate.
But we didn’t. And this was most likely because this crime didn’t fit the definition of a hate crime.
Not only that, but it would be foolish to pretend that hate-crime legislation might have prevented that crime in Kansas in the first place.
Those who commit evil are not governed by written law, by society, or by conscience. They’re not even governed by God. That’s what makes them evil.
But we do have laws established to prevent them from preying on society again.
It’s called the death penalty.
The push for hate-crime legislation has never been about eliminating hate or reducing crime.
It’s about issuing the sword by which to cut down civil society.
It’s about pointing the gun at every individual who opposes a culture of death and debauchery.
It’s about persecuting the religious for their beliefs, whites for the color of their skin, reason for the ability to think.
It’s about allowing the liberal hatred for conservatives to effectively bite the hand that feeds them.
And if you don’t believe that, just ask John Ashcroft.
He’s the latest victim of a hate crime, only no one is calling it that.