Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Why Is One A Hate Crime And The Other Isn't?

2008 Hate Crime Survey, written by Human Right...Image via Wikipedia
Why is this a hate crime...
Two teens are facing hate crime charges in the beating of a transgender woman at a McDonald's, an attack that was caught on video and posted online.
And this, isn't?
The attackers also tattooed a phrase on his chest that resembles 'I like little boys,' police said. 
Capt. Jody Suit, spokesman for the Del City Police Department, said police plan to recommend charges of assault and battery, maiming by disfigurement and kidnapping.
When you tattoo something like "I like little boys" on a man's chest, it's pretty clear you are attacking a person's sexual orientation -- whether real or imagined.

Where's the outrage? Where's the charge of hate crime? Where are the calls for remedial action, sensitivity training etc.? The silence from the left -- those who insist on equality based on sexual orientation as a universal human right -- is deafening. Not. A. Peep. The only thing I've seen is, "if they did it because he is disabled, it's a hate-crime".

The left's problems are these. First, they don't approve of pederasty, so they're not going to support it regardless of their espoused principles. Secondly, they probably know instinctively that if one sexual orientation can be disordered, so can another. This opens the door to a debate they don't want to have and which cannot help their cause. Thirdly, it nullifies their mindless accusations of hate -- in rejecting a sexual orientation they now become bigoted haters along with the rest of us.

The next time the left throws "equality" in your face, don't believe them. Unless they step up to the plate on this one, they don't believe it themselves.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

Note: only thoughtful comments will be published.

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4 comments:

Cory said...

There's definitely a double-standard at work here. It amounts to nothing more that political correctness run amok.

As an academic, I'm very careful about the kinds of things I say in class involving politics; for one, it's not my place to shill for a certain cause or use my position as an authority figure to grind a particular political axe. My left-wing colleagues, on the other hand, openly advocate for political causes and parties (usually NDP), without fear of reprisal.

The left has made it so that people are simply afraid to espouse certain ideas or speak out against certain groups. Free speech is only possible in a country where the individual is valued before the group is. The left cherishes group-think and token tribalism.

RkBall said...

Thanks for the thoughtful comment. Being accused of bigotry and hate certainly helps shut down speech. Having hate speech laws threatening fines or imprisonment hanging over your head also doesn't help.

Alain said...

There should be no such thing as a "hate crime", since it flies in the face of the rule of law where everyone is supposed to be treated equally. As for both these crimes, they should have been dealt with as the crimes they were under criminal law. All citizens should be able to expect the law and the justice system to protect them, and no one and no group should be afforded special treatment.

bazie said...

Rightly or wrongly, there is a distinction between pedophilia and being transgendered. The former is considered socially unacceptable because of its consistent pattern of causing harm. Being transgendered, on the other hand, has no such negative consequence on society and so is (or at least should be) perfectly acceptable.

That said, I don't really like hate speech laws at all and so while there is a significant difference between the two cases I would prefer neither to be determined hate crimes.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"