Hate crime hysteria

If the term “hate crime” was banished, and he was no longer able to use it, Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber would quite possibly perish; after all, he depends on it so much. 

As for me, logic indicates that for a crime to have occurred, it is first necessary that charges be laid and a conviction obtained in a court of law.  Anything short of that is an assumption, and as we all know, to “assume” means to make an “ass” out of “u” and “me”.

But this has no effect on Mr. Farber’s eagerness to convince us all that the sky is falling, nor does it have much effect on Statistics Canada, whose 2008 report (see here) includes the terms “crime” and “hate crime”, and their variants, more times than I care to count. 

Indeed, in the following article by Katherine Laidlaw in today’s National Post, the terms “hate crime(s)” and “crime” appear no less that 18 times, including the title.

One may wonder at the motivation behind this, but in my opinion, it may well have something to do with protecting the massive, decades-long investment by Jewish organisations in lobbying for “hate crimes” legislation, and for the creation of the now largely-discredited “human rights” commissions with their (until recently) 100% success rate with their one-sided, kangaroo-court prosecutions.

While Jewish organisations may consider their actions to be in their own best interests, (and no one can fault anyone for acting in their own best interests), unfortunately in this case, their interests are in direct opposition to mine. 

While the truth is not accepted as a defence by Canada’s various human rights tribunals, to me, truth – and the freedom to express it – is everything.  That’s a large part of the reason my parents both went to war in 1939-1945. 

And getting back to Mr. Farber, I think a little more accuracy is called for in his numerous pronouncements, as his gratuitous hyperbole and exaggeration detract from what is otherwise a very necessary message.

Jeff Goodall

Hate crimes increase in Canada, StatsCan reports

National Post

Katherine Laidlaw  June 14, 2010 – 9:13 am

Hate crimes increased 35% between 2007 and 2008, according to a report from Statistics Canada released on Monday, with Jewish and black people the most targeted groups for attacks. The data shows hate crimes are on the rise in each motivation grouping: race and ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

Canadian police services reported 1,036 hate crimes in 2008, with 55% of those reported motivated by race or ethnicity.

Of all race-based attacks, blacks were targeted four out of 10 times; Jews were the subject of 165 attacks, or about two-thirds of all religious hate crimes.

Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said that while the numbers are “disturbing,” he can pinpoint the political factors contributing to spikes in hate-crime incidents against Jews. “When there is a situation that has developed in the Middle East, dealing with the Jewish state of Israel, it is a truism to say hate crimes against Jews rise,” he said. “In the timeline that you’ve seen this increase, we’ve had the Lebanese incursion and the Gaza war. It’s a tense time when these things happen, and people’s most base and hateful qualities come out.”

Mr. Farber says he thinks the spike can also be attributed to more victims reporting hate crimes in the last five years. “There’s also good news here. While there’s been a spike, the number of crimes is still not huge. It’s still correct to say that Canada is one of the safest places for Jews to live anywhere in the world,” he said. “We work very closely with the police to ensure that hate crimes are reported.”

The largest jump in the statistics was in the hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation category, where there were twice as many reports in 2008 as in 2007. The report said those hate crimes were also the most violent. Three-quarters of those attacks were violent — meaning an assault, uttering a threat, or worse — compared with 38% of those based on race and 25% based on religion.

Forty-two percent of the total reported crimes were violent. Mischief offences, such as vandalism to property, amounted to 47% and other non-violent offences totaled 11%.

Vancouver and Hamilton topped the list in number of incidents for the 10 largest metropolitan areas surveyed, each reporting 6.3 hate crimes per 100,000 people. Vancouver’s rate, 143, was nearly double its 2007 total.

Toronto reported 271 hate crimes in 2008, falling near the middle of the 10 largest metropolitan areas surveyed at 5.4 hate crimes for every 100,000 people. Montreal had the lowest rate, at 1 per 100,000.

The report noted that the number of hate crimes reported by police could be influenced by various hate crime initiatives, or lack thereof, in the regions assessed.

See original here.

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