What is a hate crime? This week’s shootings in Charleston, S.C. will be prosecuted as hate crimes. My question is, what violent crime isn’t a hate crime? One can logically conclude that the opposite of hate is love. Is any violent crime not considered a hate crime a love crime? It seems to me that, as a society, we are tying ourselves into knots with semantics; striving to classify the senseless killing of some as hate crimes while failing to even acknowledge the senseless killing of others. Striking out against any innocent human being in an act of violence is most certainly not an act of love, but a manifestation of hate; and what good is done by placing labels on it?
When we call a crime a hate crime we are saying we know what the perpetrator was thinking at the time he or she committed the crime. We are saying we know what his or her motivation was and that this violent crime carries more weight than a crime with the same degree of violence committed by someone whose thinking and motivation we don’t claim to understand. While our laws allow the killing of our fellow human beings to be classified with varying degrees of egregiousness, they also allow the killing of millions of others with no penalty whatsoever.
Ripping an innocent child from its mother’s womb and killing it is not considered a crime in most parts of America. Killing the child moments after its birth is murder, but killing it before it is born is perfectly legal. A psycho walks into a Charleston, S.C. church and kills 9 innocent people, and it’s called a hate crime. A mother walks into an abortion clinic and pays to have her unborn child killed and it’s legal. Innocent human beings are killed in each circumstance. One is considered a heinous crime and one is called women’s reproductive health care.
On the day that 9 innocent people were killed in Charleston, 3,000 innocent babies were killed in America’s abortion mills. The day after 9 innocent people were killed in Charleston, 3,000 more innocent babies were killed in America’s abortion mills. By its very nature, any act of violence against an innocent human being is a hate crime, if you think placing labels on such acts is the proper thing to do. Calling the violent killing of any human being a hate crime should convey the same status to the violent killing of any other human being.
I join my fellow Americans in mourning for those lost to a senseless act of violence in Charleston, S.C. and I mourn daily for the thousands of innocent children killed by a bloodthirsty abortion industry in equally senseless acts of violence.