Monday, July 31, 2006

ADL Oversteps Their Bounds

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The Anti-Defamation League is calling for Mel Gibson to be charged with hate crimes. I'm not a proponent of hate crimes legislation in the least because A) a crime is a crime regardless of intent; B) any hate crimes laws will be used to protect the groups that scream loudest and will not be used for the equal good of all.

Gibson may be guilty of DUI and he may be guilty of being stupid but he has committed no so-called hate crime. The only crime committed was exceeding the speed limit (by a huge amount I might add). He was drunk and spouted off that he hates Jews and called a cop "sugartits". Is it wrong? Yes, of course it is if this is what the guy believes. Is it illegal? Hell no.

The ADL is doing what Jesse Jackson does: they are calling for an investigation where one is not warranted. Think about it; every time there is an issue in which race is remotely involved, Jackson, Sharpton or the NAACP are all over it and screaming about hate crimes. The same with groups such as GLAAD. By overreacting to cases such as this they diminish the real racial or religiously motivated crimes that occur.

OTB has more as does Curt at Flopping Aces.

Update: This and this would be examples of incidents the ADL should be upset about.

Update 2: Hitchens destroys Gibson.

Update #: Bird Dog has some thoughts as well.

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