Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hate Crimes are Unconstitutional

Last month a new law was passed. Here's what the President had to say about it:
"After more than a decade of opposition and delay, we've passed inclusive hate crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray or who they are."
This kind of law makes no sense.
If Joe was to murder Bob, and Bob just happened to be gay, Joe would suffer a larger penalty than if Bob had been straight.
If Larry was to rob Alice, and Alice just happened to belong to a minority (black, Muslim...), Larry would suffer a larger penalty than if Alice had been white.
Separating "hate crimes" from regular crimes is unconstitutional. When a person can be judged and punished based on what he may have been thinking while committing the crime, the freedom of our very thought process is being threatened. Besides, most of the time, Joe doesn't care or even know if Bob is gay, and Larry doesn't care what ethnicity Alice is.
Since when is all murder not considered a "hate" crime? All crimes derive from hate, no matter who commits them!
And what if a gay person murders a straight person, or a black person robs a white person? Are they accused of intolerance, racism, hate crimes then? I don't think so.
Too many people have become so bent on being politically correct, that their thoughts and actions are becoming ridiculous. In an attempt to not "offend" any minority (that probably wouldn't be offended anyway,) they end up offending the majority.
The truth must always be spoken, and sometimes people will be offended or hurt.
There will always be hateful people in the world until Jesus returns, and they will always commit crimes. They should be punished - but based on their actions, not their probable thought process.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Liberty!
I was complaining earlier about no posts in a while.
This was a great one!
God bless you.

Stephen Rutherford said...

Hate crime legislation is targeted at those who commit crimes specifically because they target their victims for being gay, their race, religion, etc. Not just because Joe murdered Bob, but if he murdered Bob because he was gay.

Not all crimes derive from hate. Bank robbers I'm sure don't hate the tellers whom they rob. Their motive isn't hatred in that case.