As I’ve previously written, the phrase “hate crimes” seems to me to be redundant. Not a lot of crimes are committed out of love – except perhaps in France where crimes of passion are considered to be mitigating in a person’s defense. Toujours l’amour. Hmm, as I think about it, perhaps Bill Clinton, Anthony Wiener, Bob Filner and Eliot Spitzer are really French men camouflaging themselves as Americans. Of course, this list of noted over-libidinous politicians is hardly complete.
But here in America we have decided that some crimes are so bad that they need a special classification – hence, “hate crimes”.
Crimes that are committed where the motivation is race, homophobia, Islamophobia, are examples of some of those crimes that we categorize as “hate crimes”. There is no need to detail examples of race crimes as we have Al Sharpton for that.
As to homophobia, even though the classification didn’t exist at the time we have no further to look than Chicago back in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s where Democrat Mayor Richard J. Daley used to encourage the police to raid gay bars on a regular basis. There was some suspicion that the motivation wasn’t an anti-gay bias as much as a way to increase the local police’s income by shaking down the bar owners for payoffs.
And then we have our pernicious hatred of Muslims which takes its shape in the form of Islamophobia. Virtually anything that is negative which can be said about Islam – or at least the way in which a significant portion of Muslims practice it – (see Egypt) are carefully overlooked by our media. Our sensitivity is so deep that our government has deleted phrases such as Islamophobia, jihad and Radical Islam from the government’s internal training and instruction manuals – as though that will make the concepts underlying these terms go away.
If it were that easy, I would actively be campaigning to remove the word Obama from those same documents.
Returning to the country of Egypt for a moment, I know that you’ve heard that there is something going on there akin to a civil war because even President Obama took time out from his active golfing schedule to spend a few minutes yesterday to comment on the subject.
In his brief comments, Obama chided both sides and advised that they should set down their arms and talk with each other. Great advice – unless you’ve seen any of the footage of what is happening in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt. It’s very hard to get people who have opposing views to sit down and deal with their differences rationally. It’s impossible to expect that sort of conciliatory attitude when you’re dealing with a mob.
If you haven’t been keeping up with developments in Egypt, the civil war which is raging essentially pits the interim, military-backed government against those who think of themselves as part of the Muslim Brotherhood. They’re the group who are the embryonic form of political association that transforms itself into things like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. (You’ll remember first hearing about them if you flip back to 9/11/01).
They’re the group in which Huma Abedin (Mrs. Anthony Wiener), Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, was raised and whose mother is an active member.
They’re also the people who have burned 39 Coptic Christian churches in Egypt – a fact that was omitted from the coverage that I saw on CNN and CBS and NBC (although NBC did mention that “a few” churches had been burned in the riots).
Coptic Christians, with about a ten percent representation in the total Egyptian population are certainly a minority. They are being specifically targeted by the Muslim Brotherhood since they are, after all, infidels and their places of worship are being destroyed in this effort.
With over 2000 mosques in America, you and I both know the outrage that would ensue if one of those were targeted and damaged or destroyed. The immediate outcry would, of course, include the term “hate crime”. So why is there so little outrage about the plight of Coptic Christians among those in the administration and those who report the “news”?
I’m not sure what the answer to that rhetorical question is – but the phrase “double standard” comes to mind.