I am sitting here, drinking coffee and trying to wake up, and listening to CNN go on ad nauseum about the FBI investigation into whether Craig Hicks’ murder spree is a “hate crime.” No, I personally think he shot his neighbors because at that moment he was overcome with affection.
Sure, it’s important to know the motive for any murder. The “hate crime” scar on our laws, however, is creeping government thought control. After all, the law adds penalties to the punishment for a proven crime according to what the criminal was thinking, and nothing else. That’s thought-crime, by definition. The point is and was —-and this is another gift to the culture from the increasingly fascist-tending American Left, which wants to make it impossible (or painful) not to think as good people (you know, them) think—to use such prosecutions to send the message that it’s not just wrong to be prejudiced, it’s illegal and evil, and those who hold such views must be removed from society like tumors. Thus we are subjected to the interminable blathering that just finished on CNN about what the FBI’s examination of Hicks’ completely legal and Constitutionally protected writings and statements suggested about whether his thoughts should put him in jail for a few more years or decades. The message is unambiguous. Carol’s guest, a human rights expert, explained that Hicks’ act was a hate crime if any part of his motive was hateful.
Boy, Jesus was really ahead of his time: no wonder he warned us to love our enemies. It makes it safer to kill them.
This also gives speech and thought censors, who at this moment in our cultural history entirely hail from the left side of the political spectrum (it makes a commentator a hateful “teabagger” to point that out, though: more speech suppression), the power to marginalize anyone or any group whose views they oppose. The Southern Poverty Law Center, once a genuine Ethics Hero for its work in the Seventies exposing and weakening the KKK, has morphed into a monstrous Democratic version of the pod people in the remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” pointing at the non-conforming humans in their midst and making an ear-shattering scream, marking them for destruction.
For example, the Center placed Ben Carson, the Designated Conservative Black Person of the approaching Presidential sweepstakes, on its “Extremist Watch List,” just as it did the KKK in its heyday. You know what extremists do, don’t you? They kill people, like ISIS, the KKK, and Craig Hicks. What did Ben Carson do? Here are Carson’s “pre-hate crime” views (that’s my characterization, but it’s fair) that got him marked, according to the SPLC’s own explanation:
- He opposes gun control and supports the Second Amendment
- He believes marriage is between a man and a woman.
- He believes legalizing gay marriage will lead to a slippery slope that will accelerate moral decay
- He believes that Judeo-Christian values are under attack at home and abroad.
- He believes “white liberals” are the “true racists.”
- He believes that Obamacare is worse than 9/11, because it will do more long-term and far-reaching damage to the U.S.
- Terrorists hate American values.
- The Federal response to Cliven Bundy was totalitarian.
Ah. In other words, Dr. Carson is a dangerous extremist because he disagrees with the Southern Poverty Law Center. Actually, I disagree with Carson in more than half of the above: I guess that makes me just a half-hateful extremist. Prof Jacobson —someone else the SPLC would consider an extremist—flagged the SPLC’s abuse of its position, reputation, power and influence with its blatantly political smear of Carson, and the organization quickly backed down. “Oops! Caught us!” It apologized to Carson, retracting its label, and issued a statement saying that “we’ve reviewed our [Carson] profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards.”Translation: “We have no standards; we just use our reputation to marginalize anyone who opposes our views and allies.”
The statement also says, ominously, that Carson’s views “should be closely examined”...just like the thoughts of Craig Hicks are being closely examined. There are hateful extremists in our midst, people! What are you thinking? Are they hateful thoughts? They are dangerous and illegal, you know. Purge them. Change. Agree with us.
I won’t even bother expounding on the obvious point that hate crimes create an apparent hierarchy in which the lives of blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, women and gays are treated as more valued by society than the rest of us, since the penalties for taking those are greater unless they were murdered because the killer really, really liked them.
Hate, which is just intense dislike, is legal. It’s natural. We have a right to hate whatever and whenever we please. Hate can be crippling; it can also be a strong positive motivational factor. Don’t tell me that the Southern Poverty Law Center didn’t hate the KKK, or Ben Carson, who, it wrote in its narrative (now taken down) when he was on their list, was disrespectful to Barack Obama.
I’m writing this post because I hate hate crime legislation, which is unethical and un-American to the core. I hate the self-righteous, censorious, intimidating and hypocritical political correctness bullies that are working around the clock to make free and open discourse impossible for our own good. I also hate the New York Yankees, styrofoam, and Carol Costello, but smug, incompetent, hateful news anchors are not a special protected class, so presumably when her smirks finally drives me to madness and I put her through a woodchipper, it won’t be a hate crime.