Disclaimer: Let me say from the start, I am not homophobic. My best friend from high school is openly gay. I have known and been and continue to be friends with many homosexuals. What you are about to read is not an attack on homosexuals, bisexuals or transgendered people. It is a critique of the very idea of “hate crimes” legislation, nothing more.
The fact that I must post such a disclaimer is horrifyingly emblematic of our politically correct society.
The Senate passed new “hate crimes” legislation for violent crimes against homosexuals, transgendered people and so forth. The legislation makes it a Federal crime to make a violent attack on a homosexual, et al, and gives Federal law enforcement the ability to “assist” local law enforcement when dealing with such crimes.
My question is, why is it more important that a criminal attack a person because they are a minority, a woman, or gay, than because the criminal wanted to take their wallet? In the end, it’s all violent crime. The crime is the violent act. The motive is an aspect of the crime, not the crime itself.
In essence, we are criminalizing one form of thought over another. Not one form of crime, but one form of thought. Read the rest of this entry »