July 30, 2007

Which of the following is a crime?

A) Putting a crucifix in urine
B) Burning the American flag
C) Putting a Koran in a toilet

If you guessed "C" you are correct!

Read the whole ridiculous story here. It has been labeled a "hate crime."

I predict, eventually, that this sort of nonsense will backfire in a big way. Either others will demand and protest for "hate crimes" protection for their beliefs, or people will engage in such hate crimes on purpose to make their [legitimate] free speech point.

(h/t: Malkin.)

UPDATE: The Texas v. Johnson SCOTUS case from 1989 declared the following:

"First Amendment does not recognize exceptions for bigotry, racism, and religious intolerance or matters some deem trivial, vulgar, or profane."

Meanwhile, predictably, CAIR is commending the police's handling of this case:

"We commend the NYPD for its appropriate handling of this case," said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Coordinator Aliya Latif. "We must all be concerned when any actions cross the line from protected free speech to acts designed to intimidate. Just as there is a difference between someone burning a cross in their own backyard and burning that same cross in the yard of an African- American family, there is a difference between desecrating a religious text in a private setting and doing so in a setting that will create a hostile learning environment."

But whereas a cross burning's ONLY symbolism is hatred -- and intimidation -- of blacks, the flushing of a Koran can have various meanings. Like "Piss Christ." Like the burning of the American flag.

Fighting "unpleasant" speech and expressions with criminal penalty is a dangerous game. I find this DE blogger's speech quite offensive, but I will, as the cliche goes, defend furiously his right to say it!

Posted by Hube at July 30, 2007 09:12 PM | TrackBack

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" A " is also correct. Andres Serrano was paid $15,000.00 taxpayer money for " Piss Christ " . This was a violation of separation of church and state

Posted by: Fred Gregory at July 31, 2007 02:43 PM

Good point, Fred!

Posted by: Hube at July 31, 2007 03:14 PM

Apparently it's also a hate crime to burn a Hizbullah flag, because they put the word "Allah" on it. Sneaky buggers!

Posted by: G Rex at August 2, 2007 02:17 PM