More Congressional Evil
April 20, 2009
So, a friend sent me an invitation to go to a prayer meeting in 1.5 hours or so. The impetus: HR 1913, or the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. While not as bad as what the e-mails make it out to be under the current text (making evangelization a hate crime), it is pretty darn evil.
The bill sets up a grant program to help local police jurisdictions prosecute “hate crimes”, defined as violent crimes motivated by bias. “Hate crimes” essentially elevate one kind of hate (bias) against others by adding extra punishments to a bias motivated murder (“no more than 10 years time”) as opposed to a murder motivated by, say, catching your wife cheating on you, being ripped off, et cetera.
That would be bad enough if all groups would be equally protected. But, when was the last time you heard about, say, a minority being prosecuted under “hate crime” legislation for assaulting a white guy? Or a Mohammadean for killing a Jew? The spirit of “hate crime” legislation is to punish the majority, not to give them equal protection when they are a target of bias.
There is also the old adage about government to consider: you subsidize it, you get more of it. Police departments may very well try to prosecute more violent crimes as hate crimes (especially considering the “perceived” language in the bill) to help fund forensics labs and district attorney offices. And that would be a shame.