Wednesday, June 03, 2009

How 'hate crimes' work in the real world

Well here we are again, my Uncooperative Readers and Listeners. Let's all hold hands, (why not; the libs sing cum-by-ya all the time) and dissect this one.

From WND:

WASHINGTON – No one really knows what was going through the mind of Nicholas John Profitt, 31, when he allegedly threw rocks that damaged the front door of the Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Was it an act of anti-Islamic bigotry? Or was it a random act of vandalism?

Nevertheless, Profitt has been charged with a hate crime. What would have been a misdemeanor count becomes a class D felony.

Instead of facing a maximum sentence of four years in prison, Profitt is facing up to seven – the difference due to his state of mind, what he was thinking or not thinking when he threw the rocks.

That's partly what's at stake when the U.S. Senate considers a national hate crimes bill that will add special penalties against individuals guilty of crimes based on ethnic, religious and racial hatred and new classifications based on sexual orientation – legislation that has been dubbed by critics as "The Pedophile Protection Act." Richard Land, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, wrote to Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, last week "to express our strong opposition to S. 909, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which would add 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' specially protected categories for victims of violent crimes. We urge you to vigorously oppose this bill, including by filibuster if necessary."

Land said the legislation is both unnecessary and unconstitutional.

"Laws are already in place to prosecute individuals for every form of violent crime committed against others," he wrote. "Yet the hate crimes legislation would afford special protections to some individuals but deny such protections to others, thereby making the latter second-class citizens. This would turn on its head the 14th Amendment, which grants equal protection under the law."

What I find interesting is that, when you access the link; you'll find a huge picture of Senator Jeff Session and he is only mentioned in one sentence of this entire article. What's up with that? Oh, and if you commit a crime; guess what? IT'S A CRIME. Either amend your own states constitution to not make that action a crime or suck it up.

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