Hate is a strong word, so I tend to reserve it only for extreme circumstances. And hate may be a tad too strong a description of my feelings on this issue. Still, I think the word is appropriate for this discussion, in part, because the proponents of a politically tinged form of legislation decided to use it. So, I’ll just say it: I hate “hate crimes.”
I’m not sure I’ve completely settled on this issue, but it’s sure got me wondering about a lot of things. But first, I suppose my hate is more directed toward the political impulse that affects the people responsible for creating and promoting a category of laws called hate crimes. If you dissect this potent phrase, you’ll find, literally, that the emotion hate precedes the action crime.
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