Hate Crimes Legislation: The View From the Ground

People talk a lot about hate crimes legislation, but we seldom know what it looks like on the ground. This British diplomat was arrested in the UK for violating hate crimes laws for shouting a few things here and there at the gym while watching the latest Israeli outrage in Gaza. I don’t really dig people yelling racially offensive stuff in public, but…
Really, now.
The poor guy could get 7 years in public for “inciting religious hatred.” My God. Isn’t this just going a bit too far? Are people getting arrested for writing stuff too? I’ve been arrested a few times myself, and no way do I want to see cell bars again.
My understanding is that hate crimes legislation has been one of the top things on the ADL’s agenda for some time now. It’s a testament to the fact that Jews do not, in fact, run America, that it’s never passed despite all the efforts of Organized Jewry. I believe that the Hispanic Lobby and the Cultural Left anti-racists like the SPLC are also pushing very hard for this. I don’t know about Black groups.
This stuff creeps me out. Hard.

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2 thoughts on “Hate Crimes Legislation: The View From the Ground”

  1. It’s a testament to the fact that Jews do not, in fact, run America, that it’s never passed despite all the efforts of Organized Jewry. I believe that the Hispanic Lobby and the Cultural Left anti-racists like the SPLC are also pushing very hard for this. I don’t know about Black groups.
    This stuff creeps me out. Hard.

    I’m surprised that it hasn’t passed either. But let’s consider two things here:
    1) Until recently, freedom of speech was good for Jews. They controled the media and elite academia, and thus the only weapon that might be wielded against them was government censorship. Those who opposed Jewish interests had little power and could be dealt with by means other than direct abrogation of free speech.
    2) Freedom of speech is deeply embedded in American culture. Even fairly stupid people often surprise me with a fairly sophisticated defense of it (although the prior degree of Jewish support for free speech probably has something to do with this as well). Also, it’s included in the FIRST amendment, which gives it incredible symbolic power.
    Still, I bet we’ll see a major push for official government censorship of “anti-Semitism” within the next decade, possibly motivated by a false-flag hate crime in which Jews are ostensibly victimized.

  2. It’s censorship, plain and simple. If he was bothering people, the gym was free to kick him out. If his boss didn’t like what he had to say, he can fire him. But to have the government come and try to put him in prison for speaking his mind, that violates the most sacred principles that Western society is founded on.
    It seems pretty clear that we’re on the road to fascism, 1984-style. Normally I wouldn’t make a slippery slope argument, but Olive set the precedent by suggesting this guy should be locked up because something he said in the gym “can potentially motivate his supporters to commit hate crimes”.
    I thought the whole notion of “hate crimes” was silly. A crime is a crime, no matter how the perp felt about the victim. But when you criminalize the “hate”, even in the absence of a real crime, it’s fundamentally no different from the Orwellian notion of thoughtcrime.

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