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Posted by Andrew Roman on October 29, 2009

hate crimeLet’s review …

If a white man comes along (let’s call him Person A) and brutally murders an innocent black man (let’s call him Person B) by beating him about the skull with a cinder block, and while doing so screams, “You son of a bitch! You stole my wife! You ruined my marriage! Take that, you bastard!” it is less of a crime than if a white man (let’s call him Person C) brutally murders an innocent black man (let’s call him Person D) by beating him about the head with a cinder block, screaming, “You nigger! You stole my wife! You ruined my marriage! Take that, you nigger!”

Thanks to the abomination known as “hate crime” legislation, it is.

Sure, murder may be one thing, but it somehow becomes more intolerable if you tack on an epithet or two, according to the stewards of justice who stand as proponents of “hate crime” legislation. Indeed, the smashing of the skulls of two innocent men (Persons B and D) may be equally abhorrent in terms of the physical brutality involved, but Person C’s crime is deemed worse because of what was in his heart. Person A may be a cold-blooded murderer, but Person C is also a “hater.”

After all, there’s good old-fashioned, just-like-grandma-used-to-make, text-book murder … and then there’s hateful murder.

A hypothetical … If Person A murders Person B in cold blood but does not utter any kind of epithet or slur, how does it compare to Person C who badly beats up Person D (without killing him) while shouting out the nastiest, racist invectives imaginable?

Are these crimes closer to eachother on the despicable meter because the latter has the affixed “hate crime” component factored in?

What if Person C badly beats up Person D (without killing him) and says nothing that could be considered hateful, prejudiced, bigoted or racist (as defined by the language of “hate crime” legislation) until, say, two days before the trial, when he screams, “I killed that rat jew bastard because all jews need to be wiped from the planet!”

Is that a retroactive “hate crime?”

Either way, a great big wet juicy kiss goes out to the Democrats for attaching the latest slice of thought-police legislation to a completely unrelated $680 billion defense spending bill.

Trumpeting a victory against careless spending, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a defense bill that kills some costly weapons projects and expands war efforts. In a major civil rights change, the law also makes it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation.

The measure expands current hate crimes law to include violence based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. To assure its passage after years of frustrated efforts, Democratic supporters attached the measure to the must-pass defense policy bill over the steep objections of many Republicans.

Is the President aware that the murder of any innocent – gay, straight, black, green – is the ultimate violation of one’s civil rights? That beating a homosexual is a crime because beating up any innocent is a crime?

So, I can’t help but wonder … If Person A (a white man) murders Person B (a black man) in cold blood and not only uses the word “nigger” during the killing, but also calls him a “fag,” is he twice as hateful? Should he get twice the punishment? Or is all the additional hate combined into one all-encompassing charge?

Bottom line …

If a thug yells out the word “fag” while pulverizing the cranium of a gay person, he should get what’s coming to him because pulverizing a head is a crime. For all anyone cares, he could be screaming out the words “eggs benedict,” and the crime would be just as horrible. The perpetrator may, indeed, be a homophobe, but in a free society, he has the right to be one if he wants. Indeed, he can feel as he wishes – or he should be able to – regardless of how unpopular, archaic or hateful his position(s) may be.

(I thought liberals were all about feelings anyway).

What this skull-smasher doesn’t have the right to do is assault an innocent.

Back in April, when the House, by a vote of 249-175, decided to expand upon the already existing idiocies of “hate crime” law with this newest provision, Republican Minority Leader John Boehner charged that the legislation “places a higher value on some lives compared to others.”

“All violent crimes should be prosecuted vigorously, including crimes in which victims are targeted because of their race, color, religion, or national origin.”

There’s that color-blind, race-blind thing that conservatives seem overly obsessed with again.

The real question is … Are we far away from interpreting religous writings as hate speech?

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