Thursday, February 12, 2015
I rarely enter into politics here, and this is only tangentially political but it is an interesting thing to think about. There was a triple homicide recently, where a guy killed (this is just terrible and sad, and heartbreaking) these three Muslim students over a parking spot. Because the guy was a rabid anti-theist who constantly posted violent anti-religious messages, people are investing the crime as a hate crime. Let's assume he killed them because of his ideological hatred of religion. IF that is the case, would this count as a hate crime? Is killing them because they were religious enough? Or does it have to be due to an adherence to a specific religion?