Sunday, April 12, 2009

NH hate crime?

When 40 buildings at a Christian Conference Center are destroyed by fire on the holiest holiday of the Christian calendar, is it a tragic accident or is it arson? And, if it is arson, does it constitute a hate crime?

Even in a predominantly Christian country, wanton vandalism against a Christian property on a high Christian holiday qualifies as a hate crime. If a synagogue had been set on fire this week (Passover) it would definitely have been considered a hate crime.

Hate crimes are not just aimed at minorities. Sometimes that seeming majority is the target as well.

I do not consider myself a Christian. However, setting fire to any group's property is reprehensible. I hope whoever set the fire is tracked down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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