Submitted By Todd on June 17th at 10:30am
U.S. civil rights leaders today said an increase in hate crimes committed against Hispanics and people perceived to be immigrants in recent years "correlates closely" to the nation's increasingly contentious debate over immigration, faulting anti-immigrant rhetoric in the media and extremist group mobilization on the Internet.Correlations are powerful things.
The report, titled "Confronting the New Faces of Hate," said some groups advocating for tighter immigration laws have invoked "the dehumanizing, racist stereotypes and bigotry of hate groups."Global Warming has also become a major issue of late, and over the same period we've seen a huge spike in illegal entry into the U.S. across our southern border. Could it be that Global Warming caused illegal immigration?
The FBI reported in October that the number of hate crime incidents dropped in 2007 by about 1 percent, to 7,624. But violence against Latinos and gay people bucked the trend.Of course, the Democrats took control of Congress in 2007 - could it be that Democrats holding power leads to an increase in hate fueled violence?
The number of hate crimes directed at gay men and lesbians increased about 6 percent, from 1,195 to 1,265, the FBI reported.Wow. Six percent. That's a devastating shift isn't it - more than enough to justify more pandering hate crime legislation from manipulative Democrats?
The overall number of victims of bias violence increased by 2 percent, the group said.The attorney general is a smart enough guy to know that correlations don't prove cause and effect. So Eric Holder isn't even looking for correlations in support of expanded Hate Crime Laws.
"Over the last several weeks, we have witnessed brazen acts of violence committed in places that many would have considered unthinkable," Holder told the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.Like?
He cited separate attacks over a two-week period that killed a young soldier in Little Rock, an abortion provider in Wichita and a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.Oh, interesting. And what does that have to do with the expansion of hate legislation?
Holder said that to stop such violence, Congress should pass an updated version of hate crimes legislation in order to more effectively prosecute those who commit violent attacks based on gender, disability or sexual orientation.Can anyone explain how the attacks in Little Rock, Wichita or Washington have anything to do with bias violence based on gender, disability or sexual orientation? Was the Holocost Museum Transgender? Was it lesbian? Maybe it had a wheelchair ramp?
Separately Tuesday, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund issued a report saying white supremacist activity online spiked after Barack Obama's election victory in November, and hate groups now use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook to spread their message.Hmmm. It sounds like they might think MySpace is the cause of the hate crimes spike. Or, perhaps, they're arguing that the election of Obama was a mistake? All these correlations sure do get confusing.
The goal of Democrats is not passing laws that are useful and productive for the country, but instead, they want to pay off a special interest group - the gay movement. As usual, they propel their argument by hiding behind empathy based arguments. Even the attorney general is comfortable offering an "argument" that makes no sense.