owlsforodin (owlsforodin) wrote,

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Thoughts on extremist crimes

The news items on the arrests of members of the Hutare militia alongside a letters sent to state Governors by a group calling itself the Guardians of the Free Republics (who claim nonviolence and peaceful means on their website, but whose ideas could get taken to the next level)got me to thinking about what might constitute a hate crime. I looked it up, and it seems that a criminal act becomes a hate crime based on circumstances of the victim. That means that only the victim's religion, race, creed, ethnicity, gender or other facts are at play. I'm wondering if it would be helpful to add the perpetrators' motives if they fall under a similar umbrella. That is, if members of an extremist religious group murders law enforcement officers or other goverment officials because they believe that the Bible outranks the Constitution, that it should be committed a hate crime and prosecuted thusly to the fullest extent of the law. I would be in favor.
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