Did you know the image of Jesus Christ on the cross is a hate crime? True story.
In New York, a painting of Jesus on a cross left outside an Islamic Center; it is now being investigated as a ‘hate crime.’
According to the Washington Free Beacon:
An employee at the Hillside Islamic Center in Nassau County on Long Island discovered the painting hanging from a fence on the property on Friday, NBC New York reports.
Authorities are still looking for the individual who put the painting there and police in Nassau County are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
That seems to be a wee bit of a stretch…
Hate crimes are motivated by “racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically one including violence.”
The FBI defines hate crimes as:
[A] traditional offense like murder, arson or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, the FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” Hate itself is not a crime—and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.”
So, where exactly is the hate in this alleged crime? There was no murder, arson, or vandalism.
So no actual crime was created. Therefore, it cannot be a hate crime.
Indeed, hate is not even present… This was simply an image of Jesus Christ, arguably one that sends a message the opposite of hate.
Would you suggest that Billy Graham, Jonathan Edwards, or missionaries in Africa are perpetuating hate by evangelism?
No. Instead, they are sharing the good news of the Gospel.
And besides, isn’t Jesus considered a teacher and prophet in the Islamic faith? So why are they saying this is a hate crime?
People are so quick to label anything a hate crime, even they don’t know what the heck they are talking about. Such is the result of the grievance industry.