Four NY American Muslims are arrested for attempting to blow up two synagogues and charged with "conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles". They allegedly said they were "eager to bring death to Jews".
Here's my question: Why the fuck aren't they being charged with a hate-crime statute?
After "they expressed a hatred of Jews on several occassions", this seems to me to be a pretty obvious instance of a "hate crime".
Now, I generally think "hate crime" legislation is a total bunch of bull, as crime is crime, and we should punish the hell out of any and all who commit them (mercilessly, in my opinion, but I tend to be a bit tough). But since I seem to be on the losing side of this argument at the moment and must resign myself to the Big Brother tyranny of the few who push for hate crime legislation, I will accept that hate crime legislation and punishment is probably here to stay (although I still think it is wrong).
At any rate, my larger question--and I think a perfectly good example of why "hate crimes" are a nebulous, arbitrary assignment of one person's standards, completely unquantifiable and thusly wholly unjust, inequitable and unfair-- is why the hell doesn't this fall under a hate crime? Could it possibly be that these four jack-offs are not being charged with a hate crime because they are black? Or that they are Muslims? That can't be right, can it?
I have a hard time believing that if four Timothy McVeigh douchebags were foiled while plotting this exact same outrage that they wouldn't be charged with a hate crime, so what's the deal here? Seems the perfect instance to re-inforce hate-crime punishments, no?
I'm hoping that the comcast.net story I picked this up on (see here) just overlooked this charge, or that more charges will be following shortly, but until I see evidence of that, this reeks to me of yet another example of how inequitable certain deviances from common (sense) law have become. At this point, it looks like the progressive left that pushes for stricter hate crime legislation is gouging out Justice's blind eyeballs with pencils. Or no, perhaps it seems more that they are fitting her with bifocals after forcing her to have Lazek. Yeah, I think that's a more appropriate metaphor. Wait, is that a metaphor at all? Well, you get my point. Someone set me straight here.
Am I to believe that only white Christians are capable of hate crimes?