THE VIDEO OF MOHAMMED AS A HATE CRIME
Hal Pepinsky, firstname.lastname@example.org, pepinsky.blogspot.com
September 12, 2012
I have just listened to US Secretary of State Clinton responding to the death yesterday in Bengazi of the ambassador to Libya, a foreign service officer and to other nationals (Marines I’m guessing) in the US consulate. The attack there and on the US embassy in Cairo was in protest against a video on the internet caricaturing Mohammed. Ms. Clinton decries the murder of fellow citizens on US diplomatic territory. She avoids characterizing the video.
I’m not a fan of putting criminal labels on acts, but if under US law the killings in Libya were murder, why isn’t the video a hate crime just as much as painting a swastika on a temple and posting a picture on the internet? Regrettably, the USG is blind to its own racism. Love and peace, hal