A recent case helps illustrate how the term “hate crimes” creates more problems than solutions.
It was impossible to escape last week’s news of a woman’s terrible ordeal of abduction, rape, abuse, and torture in Logan County. One can only imagine, and doesn’t want to, the fear and agony she endured.
Her captors and tormenters should be punished to the very extent of the law and shown as much mercy as they showed Megan Williams. There is no sentence long enough or tough enough to punish them for what they did. Yet, sadly, it will never make her whole.
But liberals are not satisfied with the justice system as it is established today; they want to go much further in her case. Megan Williams is an African-American: her captors Caucasian. Reportedly, as they inflicted unimaginable pain they also abused her verbally with racial slurs.
Because of that, the liberals say the gang of 6 is guilty of a “hate crime.”
Hate crime. Of all the words modern man has put together, “hate crime” has to be one of the most absurd. It’s as though somewhere out there in America – at this very moment — a “love crime” is being committed.
To tack on the word “hate” to a crime is to concede that some crimes are done with no malice intended. “Eh, I liked the guy, but shot him anyway,” is never the confession of a cornered criminal.
Beyond the pure etymology of the word is the disturbing precedent that is created when we cease to judge an individual solely on their actions and extend punishment to their thoughts or reasoning behind what they did. Opening an investigation into the malice of a malcontent brings us to wonder why a man would steal a car. Is it to feed his starving family? If so, and his motives were founded in a basic desire to care for his own, then why should the sentence not be more lenient?
And what about the woman past or present who finds herself in a similar situation but just happens to be Caucasian. Is she not entitled to the same justice as any minority?
The fact is the horror of what was done to Megan Williams stands for itself. If racial slurs should be factored in the tally of abuses, so be it. But let’s be certain of one thing: her captors are guilty of a hate crime just like every other criminal.
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