posted on Feb, 5 2006 @ 07:24 PM
Originally posted by SpittinCobra
Originally posted by Bob LaoTse
Straight white men aren't covered by hate crime legislation. The
It is a flawed, I didn't make the legislation.
I never said you made it, but you continue to defend it.
You also continue to selectively respond to my posts. Hate crime legislation is not flawed solely
because it doesn't cover straight white
men, and that was only a minor part of my post-- it's flawed because it focuses on the differences between people and demands that people be treated
differently under the law based solely on their race, creed, color, religion, gender or sexual orientation. It's discriminatory, and deliberately
so. It's divisive, and, again, deliberately so. It adds to the culture of division and thereby makes people MORE conscious of the incidental
differences between us. It creates the sense of division that it's nominally designed to prevent.
If a person is murdered, that person is dead. It doesn't matter WHY that person was murdered-- s/he's still just as dead. It doesn't matter what
race or creed or color or religion or gender or sexual orientation that person was-- s/he is still just as dead. The victim's family and friends
have lost something, and again, it doesn't matter what race or creed or color or religion or gender or sexual orientation the victim was-- her/his
family has still lost exactly the same amount.
To say that that person is worth more or less than another-- that her/his death is a greater or lesser crime than the death of another simply because
of her/his race, creed, color, religion, gender or sexual orientation, is an affront to justice and an insult to him/her and her/his family and
There was a time in this country when people were deemed to be less important because of their race or their gender or their religion or their sexual
orientation. That was rightly seen to be evil. However, it's just as evil to decree that people are to be seen to be MORE important because of
those same incidental differences.
The idea here is supposed to be that we treat others equally REGARDLESS of these incidental differences. Just as we could not achieve this goal by
claiming that they have less value as humans, we cannot achieve it by claiming that they have more.