We’ve all been hearing more and more about hate crimes, but do we really know what the government definition of a hate crime is? According to the FBI:
“A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, Congress has defined a hate crime as a ‘criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.’”
The next statement on the FBI website on Hate Crimes says:
“Hate itself is not a crime—and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.”
But then comes the clincher just a paragraph down:
“In 2009, the passage of a new law—the first significant expansion of federal criminal civil rights law since the mid-1990s—gave the federal government the authority to prosecute violent hate crimes, including violence and attempted violence directed at the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, to the fullest extent of its jurisdiction. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act also provides funding and technical assistance to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to help them to more effectively investigate, prosecute, and prevent hate crimes.”
Even though it states violent hate crimes, this law and ones passed by the United Nations are now being broadly used to silence anyone who just criticizes homosexuality without committing any kind of crime, violent or not. Christian ministers who stand in the pulpit and preach what the Bible says about homosexuality are being accused of hate crimes based solely on what they said. In the public schools, children are being reprimanded and sometimes accused of hate crimes for speaking out against homosexuality and that the Bible says it’s a sin.
The same holds true with Islam. In many places, including public schools and workplaces, a person can get in serious trouble for saying anything against Islam. About a year ago, I recall hearing on the news of a high school student who had been suspended for several days because he told another student that Muslims were heathens that would go to hell unless they repented and believed in Jesus Christ. The student is correct because the Bible clearly states that only those who confess and believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior will go to heaven while all others will perish in hell.
Yet how often do we hear about teachers at all grades openly criticize Christians and student who believe in biblical creation. I’ve spoken to high school and college students who have had their teachers call them stupid, backwards, and even mentally ill for believing what the Bible teaches. Nothing is ever done to these people who profane Jesus and Bible.
I have yet to hear of anyone being accused or punished for saying anything against Christianity. I’ve heard people, including teachers use profanity and blasphemy when speaking of Jesus, God and the Bible, and nothing ever happens to them. But utter one word against homosexuality and Muslims and you are instantly guilty of hate crimes.
Is it any wonder that more and more Americans are becoming intolerant of gays and Muslims? More Americans are also taking offense to civil rights training sessions because they see it as hypocritical liberal propaganda and nothing more. I fully expect to see more Americans react when told to tolerate Muslims like in the following video: