It used to be that, to be charged with a hate crime, someone had to wind up with the stuffing beaten out of them or at least have their property damaged in some way.
New York City has helpfully redefined “hate” and “crime” to include some harsh words on a web site and food scattered around a public park.
Basically, saying, writing or doing anything less positive than a pleasant “Good Morning To You” is now a hate crime in New York City, as long as the “victim” observes one certain religion. Any guesses?
With Ramadan ending this past weekend, Muslims celebrated the end of fasting with prayer. On Staten Island an outdoor service was held Sunday on a New Dorp football field, attracting some 1,500 Muslims.
But before most of the faithful arrived for Morning Prayer, it was discovered that someone had scattered a quantity of raw bacon on the field.
“This has been determined to be a bias event on the part of our Hate Crimes Task Force,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters, including WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb.
“On a website associated with this celebration was some derogatory comments and at the site itself, three packages of raw bacon were found,” Kelly added.
Derogatory comments on a web site? Three packages of raw bacon? First, these things are CRIMES? Second, these things are HATE CRIMES? People weren’t pelted with bacon. It was on the ground.
Hurting other people’s feelings is now a crime in New York City, the hurting other people’s feelings capital of America.
I once witnessed a hateful roast beef sandwich on Ash Wednesday. I called the bomb squad.
Because the offensive meat was found early, organizers said the prayer service was shifted to another area of the park. So, most of those present didn’t know of the problem until the service was over.
Remember this phrase: “Offensive Meat.” The spreading of “offensive meat” is now legally equivalent to cross burning and lynching in New York City.
Any other questions about why “Hate Crime” legislation is dangerous?