@Infidel I thought I was the only one who felt that way. Hate crimes is a
stupid concept, and you have demonstrated the slippery slope that is encountered
when we put too much stock in them. Either I burned a church or not; if I
claimed I loved the Mormons and was doing them a favor by getting them a new
building or some such excuse, could I have my sentence reduced by claiming it
was a "love" crime? Just as silly.@DN S yeah, and if it
was a mosque there would be no stone unturned either...
As the local spokesman for the church stated -- the church (as a whole) is
saddened to learn that this was indeed arson. That says a lot. That people can
change should be a message of hope for all of us. To seek vengeance or some
sort of retribution is counter productive.We do not condone crimes
of any sort. The church preaches obedience to local laws. But we also strive,
human failings factored in, to treat others as Christ would. No doubt in the
future this particular stake will be more vigilant in preventing such disasters,
but striking out to condemn and punish will not make the world a better
place.I hope that a new building can be constructed soon, in the
mean time, I hope that a greater sense of community awareness and appreciation
can be realized. Apparently already people have been reaching out. Let's
give them a warm reception.
"Hate crimes" are ridiculous and should be ruled unconstitutional no
matter how or where applied. They assume a state of mind that cannot be proven
and are another form of subjective Political Correctness that seeks to limit
people's thoughts. If one has committed a crime, and are charged, so be
it. Hate crimes on top of the statutory charge are ridiculous. Are you up for
them charging hate crimes when there is no other charge? That is thought
control, and has no place in society.
I guess if this was a case of "burning black churches" that the Justice
Department would be all over it as a "hate crime."Why is it
that burning Mormon churches is NOT a hate crime?