Letters to the Editor
To the editor:
I'd like to refute Mary Carradine's statement
about the Republican "staple" in her column "Hate crime needs
harsher punishment" (Opinion, Wednesday).
First of all, it is completely incorrect
to say all crimes are hate crimes — the majority of conservatives
believe that all crimes are worthy of
punishment, not that all crimes are hate crimes.
The current hate crime legislation is redundant
and offensive to Republicans (and should be to anyone who
values human life) because it assumes
that killing a homosexual is somehow worse than, for instance, killing
police officer. Is a drive-by shooting
resulting in murder somehow better than beating and killing a homosexual?
Hate crime legislation punishes people
for intolerance towards minorities and gives them a harsher sentence
than for a "regular" crime. People who
kill homosexuals should get the exact same sentence as those who
murder any other human being, a minority
I am not in any way saying that the people
who killed James Byrd Jr. and Matthew Shepherd were right in what
they did. They should be punished for
the rest of their lives or put to death since they so horribly took a
precious life themselves. The majority
of conservatives believe in the sanctity of life, whether it be that of
unborn child, a homosexual, a black person
Second, what Carradine calls "passive prejudice"
is also ridiculous. It is not that we don't want to hear about it,
it is that homosexuality is sinful:
"Do you not know that the wicked will not
inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually
immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor
male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders will inherit the kingdom of
God" (1 Corinthians 6:9).
How absurd is it that when we call somebody
on being immoral, suddenly we are prejudiced? If that is what
prejudice is (being completely against
homosexuality), then call me prejudiced. I am prejudiced against sin.
This is not to say that I do not sin, for
I do, as everyone does. But continually living in sin is not something
most conservatives want to compromise
with. It is as simple as that.
I have homosexual friends, and I completely
disagree with their lifestyle. However, I am taught as a Christian to
love everyone, including those who do
what is deemed as sinful.
Continuing on, Carradine's term "blind
acceptance" is used simply to allow people to continue doing whatever
they please despite any consequences.
Meanwhile, those who call people to live their lives in a moral manner
are attacked because we do not accept
it. Murder is a sin as well; should everyone blindly accept it when people
Instead of saying that hate crimes need
harsher punishment, why not pursue a useful cause in proclaiming that
all crime should be punished equally —
regardless of why it was committed. Next time you coin a conservative
phrase, please try to be more accurate
in telling us what we believe.
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