Sunday, May 17, 2009

Why hate crimes legislation is a bad idea

This is the draft of a letter I submitted to the North County Times, which sums up my feelings on the pending "hate-crimes" bill (what is a love crime, anyway)? I don't know that they'll publish, so I'll post it here.

Eric Parish and J. Howard Crews (Community Forum, May 17) call for the passing of hate-crimes legislation. This is a terrible idea, for a number of reasons:

1. It makes certain victims of crime more deserving than others in the eye of the law. A homosexual attacked by a heterosexual is more of a victim—by some logic— than a heterosexual assaulted by another heterosexual. As George Orwell said in Animal Farm, all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

2. This bill criminalizes peoples' motives, something which can never be truly known. I have respect for our law enforcement officials, but none of them are mind readers.

3. No one with an ounce of common sense thinks that black on white crime or Hispanic on white crime will ever be prosecuted under this law. This is a leftist law, made for the protection of politically correct minorities, and should be rejected.

Question: if I get into an argument with someone, he offends me, I punch him out, and then I find out later he's gay and I'm being charged with a hate crime, how do I prove I'm not a hater of homosexuals? I can't, of course, and no one can possibly disprove a prejudicial state of mind. This bill should be rejected.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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