Crime is Crime

crime scene tapeA terrible crime took place in our home today. Part of a beloved animal’s face was violently torn away, including one eye. His guts were left all over the floor at the foot of the stairs. Was it a vicious act of hate? An accident? A misunderstanding?

Does it matter?  Our granddaughter’s feline BFF is permanently disfigured, whatever the motive behind the attack.

Tigger after cosmetic surgery. Pre-surgery photos have been omitted as too upsetting for most audiences.

Tigger after cosmetic surgery. Pre-surgery photos have been omitted as too upsetting for most audiences.

I’m not sure which of our two furry family members is responsible for this brutal assault, although I have my suspicions. My mind reels with questions:

  • If the canine perpetrator is brought to justice, shall we charge him or her with a hate crime, since the victim was a member of the cat family, historic enemies of dogs?
  • And could it be proven?
  • If so, should the penalty be more severe?

The short answers are no, no, and NO.

Crime is crime. And all crime is hateful. There are very few crimes involving a victim where hate in some form wasn’t a factor–murder or injury as a result of self-defense is a possible exception. Consider: robbery, burglary, forgery, rape, assault, murder, even drunk driving…all these actions arise from a disregard for other people’s rights, property, and safety.

scalesofjustice11The rush to label various criminal acts as “hate” crimes, because they allegedly are motivated by prejudice against someone based on race, religion, gender, occupation, disability or sexual orientation (and the list could go on), strikes me as adding sauce where none is needed.

So-called “hate crimes” tend to get a higher profile in the media, bringing notoriety to the offender and breeding copycat crimes. Yet, why are these particular motives classified as more heinous than murdering someone for their money?

How much hate is TOO much? 

What if we simply focused on the actual physical crime –did you do this?– and left the motive-searching to God? If criminals were prosecuted vigorously, sending a message of intolerance for the crime itself, would the appellation “hate crime” really add anything to the process? What if making restitution were more often a mandatory part of the sentence?

These are big topics, I know, and really outside the scope of a blog post.

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Here’s my simple take on this: the LORD has made it clear that there are really only two primary laws we all need to observe…love God and love one’s neighbor (i.e., treat everyone else the way you would want to be treated). Among the “Big Ten“, more than half concern how we treat others’ person, property and reputation.

Isn’t the designation of “hate” crime redundant, seen in this light?

So whether the “haters” are black, white, green or purple; male, female or transgender; of whatever persuasion, race or creed…the criminal should be judged on the basis of his or her actions. 

Let’s drop this useless label of “hate” crime once and for all, and call crime what it is: a SIN 

“… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23 NIV)

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35 responses to “Crime is Crime

  1. livinrightinpgh

    Couldn’t agree more, GBL!

    The term “hate crime” is one that is largely made up by the Left as a way of pandering to sections of their constituency. But to your point, YES! Crime is crime, and I wish we treated it that way. We’ve created a justice system where murder spurred on by rage, or being neglected as a child, gives the case a set of “special circumstances”. In my book, “Thou shalt not kill” does NOT have an *asterisk next to it.

    Still, in today’s society, you can go to prison longer for shooting a police dog than you can for murdering a person. Weird…..

  2. Absolutely fantastic post… and I know that Tigger (but even more so, your precious granddaughter) is very appreciative for your labor of love in repairing him!! 😀

    p/s: thank you for omitting the pre-surgery photos… don’t know if my stomach could of taken it!

    • godsbooklover

      Thanks, Teach! Yeah, my hubby and I were in tears over this…especially when Lucy sat and patted the injured Tigger and murmured “Poor little guy” over and over. I’d been going to quietly “dispose” of him. Couldn’t do it after that!

  3. I think I have to politely disagree with you on this one. Crime is crime, true but in my mind it is somehow more heinous when it is committed because of someone’s race or creed. There is enough crime committed because of greed and rage. But to commit violence because of the color of their skin or what they believe, in my mind is unthinkable. I guess I can understand greed or rage as a motive for a crime but not skin color. As for the post about going to jail longer for shooting a police dog, it’s the same thing as having a harsher punishment then killing a citizen and killing a police officer. Sadly there are people that do not believe in love your neighbor, and for some reason believe they are above them and can do what they like because they are just a stupid (insert slur here) and the only thing that will keep them in line is the treat of punishment. It is sad but sadly I do believe it is necessary. Just my two cents.

    • livinrightinpgh

      Dragon….I get your point about the fact that one is more heinous than the other. My thought is that I’m not really concerned with where it falls on the “Heinous Meter”. You murder someone out of greed or rage, you forfeit your right to live, the same as if you murdered someone because they’re gay or a different skin color than you.

      I’m with you on the “sadness” part. Love your neighbor has been completely lost in the mire of a complete lack of respect for life. You diss me, or you don’t show me my “respect”, and THAT is reason to kill? Yikes.

      Cultural rot: JTR and GBL could do a post a day on it.

    • godsbooklover

      Dragon: I thought I might touch someone’s sore spot with this. But to my way of thinking, it’s much the same as the unspoken hierarchy of sins that we create in our own minds (there is no such list in scripture)…sin is sin. That’s why Jesus said, “The one who is WITHOUT sin among you should cast the first stone” (at the woman caught in adultery). The people were judging her based on a sin they considered “worse”…but Jesus said, Nope, sin is sin. That’s the way I’m approaching crime in this post. Thanks for commenting…the dialogues we have in this space are very valuable.

    • darkdragon885, I like your heart… hope you know what I mean by that.

      The problem with “in my mind it is somehow more heinous when it is committed…” is that it is relevant to whose mind it is in and that is dangerous territory. The law should be black and white (and I know you know I’m not speaking color, but rather absolutes) with no grey area, no chance for different people to decide different degrees of law breaking.

      Again, I really dig how you come across… I see you don’t have a blog, so I can’t ‘follow’ you, but I do enjoy reading your comments!

      😀

  4. This is why I love this blog! I love that we can all speak our minds and no one starts name calling. I agree with what TeachX3 is saying, you are right that the “In my mind does bring up some dangerous territory, I hadn’t really thought of that. I think that I agree with murder is murder, I think the point I was trying to make might be that until people DO start loving their neighbor no matter what that sadly the threat of greater punishment is needed to keep some people in line.

    • godsbooklover

      This comment makes me very happy. If we are an island of civility in the sea of blogospheric discord, then we have achieved one of our goals at least.

  5. I myself am calling for “social justice” — Liberals say it works like a charm.
    But I fear nothing will get past the trauma/post trauma of what happened. The day must be etched in infamy. My sympathies.

    • Right, there’s some hatred in most things, even stealing. But the hate crimes is nothing more than a veiled attempt to bring in the thought police, to prosecute the thoughts over the actions… (and eventually target thoughts themselves.)

    • I share your concerns, BR.
      I’m predicting a lifetime of trauma for little Lucy, resulting in a deep-seated hatred for all things “canine”.

      If a mysterious string of unsolved dog-nappings occurs in that neighborhood, I know at which house I’d start MY investigation.
      Just sayin’…

  6. I like this post immensely!

  7. Has anyone considered that Tigger may have started it?

    • livinrightinpgh

      Ahhhh…..EXCUSE ME, MISTER Hatfield! Tigger is a protected species. Much like certain segments of our society, THEY can provoke, but YOU can’t attack!

    • godsbooklover

      Regarding the odious suggestion of M. Hatfield and the equally offensive implication of M. PGH, I would point out that what you are doing is much like blaming the rape victim…Tigger is a fraction of the size and weight of his attacker, and–unless being wielded by his companion, Lucy–typically minds his own business. Therefore I ask you, sirs, as you are gentlemen, to TAKE IT BACK.

  8. livinrightinpgh

    It’s those moments when he’s NOT being wielded by his companion, Lucy, that concern me. I feel I must invest in a complete background check of ALL his activities before issuing any retractions…..

    Can you supply any personal references?

  9. A crime by any other name is as odious, and harmful enough for society to recognize it on first blush and be repelled by its presence– regardless of form.

    • godsbooklover

      Thanks for the reblog, Rick…despite the comments section, I was trying to make a serious point. Somewhere up there. I think.

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