Hate Crimes – A Form of Terrorism

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Hate Crimes | Tags: , |

Hate crimes are a form of terrorism.  They are violent crimes directed at members of a specific community or group.  Their purpose is to torment or persecute based solely on membership (or perceived membership) in that group.

Much like other terrorist acts, a murder or assault based on anti-immigrant, anti-Christian, or anti-gay bias is an attack not just on the victim, but on everyone who identifies with the targeted characteristic of the victim.

Hate crimes bill makes Christians fear for free speech rights

According to Christianity Today: “Ashley Horne, a federal policy analyst for Focus on the Family, said that if passed, the law could expose pastors to federal prosecution if an attendee of their church committed a crime and blamed it on sermons about homosexuality. The bill does not adequately protect Christians from gay activists, she says. She worries that the prosecution would be based on evidence of motivation.

Here’s an idea Ashley. Pastors should preach that hate and violence are wrong. Problem solved.

And from an astute reader:

blue82 – July 31, 2009

There is one very clear reason why hate crimes demand tougher sentences and more investigative resources: Hate crimes have more victims.

Hate crimes are a form of terrorism.  They are violent crimes directed at members of a specific community or group.  Their purpose is to torment or persecute based solely on membership (or perceived membership) in that group.

Much like other terrorist acts, a murder or assault based on anti-immigrant, anti-Christian, or anti-gay bias is an attack not just on the victim, but on everyone who identifies with the targeted characteristic of the victim.

Furthermore, a hate crime demonstrates a strong probability for repeat offense and thus mandates (for the safety of society at large) that the option of stricter sentencing be on the table.  If we know or believe it likely a violent offender will attack again, why would we want that offender released any earlier than absolutely necessary?

Let us not forget that the hate crimes bill does not define any new criminal acts.  It merely allows for enhancements of prosecution and sentencing in instances where an already-illegal act has been motivated by extreme bigotry.  Since no pastors have currently been arrested for incitement by preaching sermons, that will not change.

If, however, a preacher strays from that path of love that Christians always and ever ought to walk…  if such a man were to advocate for violence, well then the presence of a hate crimes statute would not make his act of incitement any more illegal than it already is today.

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