There is a "Sticker" sold openly by the “Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)” that states, "WARNING: Literal Belief in This Book May Endanger Your Health and Life!". The group encourages their followers to place these labels on Bibles when they stay at hotels across this nation.
What is the difference in the actions of the FFRF followers and a young man who vandalized a Koran that didn’t belong to him? This past July 27th, the New York Daily News reported the following news report:
“The 10-month-old mystery of who threw the Koran into the toilets at Pace University's Manhattan campus was solved yesterday with the arrest of a student, cops said… Stanislav Shmulevich, 23 was awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on hate crime charges for criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, officials said.” click here
Although Stanislay Shmulevich’s actions were objectionable and deserving a reprimand by the University for destruction of private property and possibly suspension. What is the basis for it being a Hate Crime? “This is the problem with “hate crimes.” “Hate,” while not a good thing, is not a crime. Mugging someone is a crime. Mugging someone because that person is of a race you despise does not make that mugging a more or less serious crime. A Ku Klux Klan march is a display of hatred, pure and simple. And yet we allow those marches all the time. As objectionable as they are, it’s free speech.” -KXMC
When colleagues Guy Adams and Debra Smith contacted Chris Cory, Executive Director of Public Information of Pace University and asked him if the bible had been found in the toilet instead of the Koran, would he have taken the same action? Mr. Cory refused to answer the question.
This should not be a surprise to those of the Christian faith whose Constitutional rights under the 14th Amendment are constantly being violated. Though we are American Citizens who are afforded equal protection under the law, there is a double standard within American justice regarding Christians. The Christian community is constantly being demonized and persecuted. Yet when egregious acts that clearly fall within the arena of a “Hate Crime” take place or are encouraged, nothing is done.
So my question is simple. If the precedent is to prosecute Stanislay Shmulevich under the hate crimes laws, which may result in him having a felony at the age of 23, then what is the excuse for not prosecuting those who vandalize Bibles and the FFRF for telling them to do so?
More To These “Laws”
What is behind “hate crime” laws is the desire to have “hate speech” laws. Anti-Christian organizations will ultimately seek to silence Christians from speaking out on certain topics, spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and praying in public. Consider the following quote:
Joe Cook, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana, referring to individuals who will not stop praying in public, stated “Their refusal to comply… should and must result in their removal from society”. – (ADF Newsletter)
Anti-Christian groups claim that hate speech puts them at risk for “hate crimes”. They will say “hate speech” laws are needed to prevent “hate crime”. Of course it would be unconstitutional to enact hate speech laws, but we all see how much our constitutional rights are protected today.
Would Joe Cook want to be arrested and charged with inciting hate crimes against Christians? There is no doubt Joe Cook would be allowed to say what ever he wants against Christians, while outspoken Christians would be jailed. The 14th Amendment clearly enacts equal protection of its citizens under the Law and the 1st Amendment guarantees us free speech.
If elected president, I will defend our Constitution against ALL domestic enemies that cross that line.