That’s the alternative description of the Scottish Nationalist Party, the ruling party of Scotland, according to pastor David Robertson, minister of St Peters Free Church in Dundee Scotland, who also blogs as the Weeflea. Aye, Scotland! Sure and begorrah, Ireland is going the same way. Mr. Robertson’s own words: “Cycling home from St Peters I saw a poster that took my breath away. Sometimes you see that something is going to happen and yet it still shocks you when it does. These posters are currently being displayed in towns and cities all over Scotland.
“You will note that these are posters from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Police. At one level they seem fine. Who is going to argue against the idea that we want rid of hatred? That people should not call others names, or be violent, or mock and abuse? But that is not what is happening here. Note the following:
The posters themselves are somewhat ambiguous, unless you speak the code. If you do speak the language of the Scottish Government and Police then what they are saying is that any kind of disagreement with homosexuality, the trans philosophy, or Islam makes you guilty of hate and you have no place in ‘our’ community. They are selective – Its only certain groups that are mentioned. Look at what they leave out. They are intimidatory – It is not the job of the police to police our thoughts and hearts. They can have no idea what we do or do not hate or love. Their responsibility is to deal with crimes that are committed. They do not have the time, money or ability to deal with our thoughts. But it seems they are going to try. The new State morality is going to be imposed through education and enforced by the State police – welcome to modern Scotland – the Saudi Arabia of Secularism. They are self-contradictory – A poster which is designed to combat hate – spreads hate. Imagine a poster which said – ‘Dear bigots, you can’t spread your homosexual hatred here!’. You would be arrested immediately for putting that up.”
Now my turn: A “hate crime” is synonymous with thought crime, because how does one know what the perpetrator harbored in his mind or heart? Hatred is defined as intense dislike or ill will; a “hate crime”, legally, is “a crime motivated by racial, sexual or other prejudice”. First of all, it’s a crime, which means either a felony or a misdemeanor, and is therefore prosecutable. But the problem is with the next word, motivated by….. Statutes say the perpetrator targets the victim because of their perceived membership in a certain group. I have two BIG problems with the whole concept: 1. I have already mentioned that the term itself implies ability to know the motives of a perpetrator, which is pretty much guesswork, and is very subject to a prevailing narrative. The best example I can think of is Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998. I would suggest you do your own research. The narrative was that his murder was a hate crime because he was homosexual. That narrative has been challenged by an author who is himself homosexual, and who has interviewed over 100 people with knowledge of both the victim and the perpetrators. This author insists that Shepard was murdered by a homosexual acquaintance and meth dealer who wanted the meth that he believed Shepard was carrying. Regardless of the actual truth, the original Shepard narrative (along with the murder of James Byrd) was a major factor in expanding federal hate crime legislation to include those motivated by sexual orientation. 2. Is it somehow worse to the victim to be targeted for their race or sexual orientation? If you are beaten senseless and wind up dead or paralyzed, is it any comfort to know that it is being prosecuted as a hate crime? If a victim could somehow go back in time to before the crime, and be forced to choose between a beating due to his race, or the very same beating due to the attacker’s having a bad day, can we presume that a majority would choose the latter? No, we can’t. In fact, interviews with victims, or families of those who were killed, say that a senseless crime feels worse.
Do you think I am getting a little too worked up about this hate crime stuff? Doesn’t really affect you? Mr. Robertson wrote a letter to “Police Scotland” about a religious position being called “hate speech” or a “hate crime.” He received reply from Superintendent David Pettigrew, Equality & Diversity Unit, Specialist Crime Division, Safer Communities, Scottish Crime Campus (sounds Orwellian to me) which contained the following paragraph: “A hate crime is any crime which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated (wholly or partly) by malice and ill-will towards a social group. A hate incident is any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated (wholly or partly) by malice and ill-will towards a social group but which does not constitute a criminal offence.
The Police Scotland Hate Crime Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) directs that ordinarily, the perception of the victim or any other person is the defining factor, in determining whether an incident is hate related for recording purposes. I would highlight however that although a SOP sets out processes and procedures, it is recognised that there will be circumstances requiring action on the part of officers or staff, which may require them to exercise professional judgement or discretion.”
YEAH, I’M MAKING TOO BIG A DEAL OF IT. WATCH OUT FOR THAT PERCEPTION BANANA PEEL WHILE YOU’RE STANDING ON YOUR RIGHTS….OVER A PRECIPICE! Read the WeaFlea blog here. scots