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Hate Crime and God’s Judgement January 12, 2010

Posted by Bill in Christianity, Church and State, Current Events, Politics, Religion, Religious Right, Uncategorized.
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Even though the Christian Right and I have several areas of strong disagreements, we do occasionally find ourselves on the same side of an issue.    For example, we both are against Hate Crime laws. 

I am against them because trying to legally judge what sort of ideas and beliefs should be labelled as hateful and what should not creates a small crack in the foundation of freedom of thought and speech.  The really far out ones are fairly easy to judge, but what happens when the views and ideas start to edge more to the grey areas.  Do we really want a precedent for trying to set up limits for those areas?  I don’t think so. 

Awarding a harsher sentence for those whose views we as a nation find hateful in order to recognize the extra harm that these views have done to the emotional and psychological health of the victims also seems wrong headed.  Isn’t being murdered or assaulted enough? 

And does  Johnny being hated and killed because he was gay create that much more psychological and emotional harm than Johnny being killed because George hated his guts?   Hate crimes give the appearance of crimes against some groups being more heinous than crimes against other groups.

What if an atheist is killed because a Christian hates atheists?  Will that be found deserving of being covered under hate crimes? 

What about a Christian being killed by an atheist who hates Christians?   

With hate crime laws we are starting to legally determine which groups are more deserving of protection than others.  Again, not a good idea from my point of view. 

Anyway I really do not mean to make this a post about why I am against hate crime legislation.  Instead I want to comment on those of the Christian Right who are also against hate crime laws. 

Their stand on this issue seems inconsistent with their religious beliefs. 

Christians strive to live up to God’s standards of justice and righteousness (although knowing they cannot attain such perfection).  They believe that society and government should reflect God’s justice and righteousness.  After  all that is the main reason they are against Gay marriage.

However, part of God’s standards though  involve thoughts.  Come judgement day God will judge not only our actions but also our thoughts. 

Matthew 5:28 – But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Now admittedly we are not omniscient as God.  But shouldn’t this mean that the Christian should do the best he or she can within the limits of being human?   

In which case why is the Christian Right against hate crime laws?  Seems almost un-Christian.

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