Police believe a lesbian couple staged a hate crime against themselves.Â They painted "kill the gay" on their own garage door and hung a noose on their own front door, claiming that one of their neighbors might have done it.
The writer asks:
If anyone else is convicted of the crime, they will surely be guilty of a hate crime, so why should it be different for the lesbians?Â If self-inflicted, the couple was using the same language and actions that are defined as a hate crime with the intention of making it a hate crime, therefore, they are guilty of a hate crime and should be summarily charged and punished accordingly.
The idea of "hate crimes" has always bothered me.
The first time I knew someone who was mugged was about 45 years ago.Â When the teen thugs attacked my grandmother and dragged her on the ground, they had no love in their hearts.
A few years later, when my cousin was raped and murdered, her killer had no love in his heart either.
Of course these were "hate crimes", as are any crimes that hurt someone, no matter whether they are young or old, rich or poor, white or black, straight or gay.Â The fact that some get more punishment for hurting individuals based on their sexual orientation or skin color is absurd.
But...in the couple above....if the crime would have been deemed a "hate crime" if it had actually happened, should it be a called a "hate crime" that they faked?