It’s hate even if it isn’t a hate crime
>>>>>>>>> …….Six teenagers “were just bored and were looking for something to do,” a police report said, when they ambushed Mahaney as he turned off Simpson Avenue onto Dallas Avenue. He was immediately knocked unconscious……..
……..The boys face felony charges of aggravated riot and felonious assault. The first five arrestees were: twin brothers Tyree and Terrell Mizzell, Lamont Champion and Daquan Cain, all 13-year-olds; and Michael E. James, 14…….
…….When police rounded up most of the teens, took them back to the police station and questioned them, they admitted Mahaney had done nothing to provoke being kicked and punched repeatedly in the face while he was helpless on the ground.
The boys told police they only stopped assaulting Mahaney when a neighbor began yelling at them and said he was calling police………
…….Neighbors and police were stunned at the brutality of the attack.
“It was a heinous crime but it was not a hate crime,” North College Hill Police Chief Gary Foust said. Several residents called police, noting the suspects are black and inquiring whether Mahaney was specifically targeted because he is white. He was not, the chief said.
But police were struck by how cocky the boys were for their age.
“They were pretty arrogant in the interview with us,” Foust said. “It’s appalling. I think it’s despicable. This appears to be premeditated and there was no remorse on behalf of any of the assailants. Thirteen-year-olds ought to be playing basketball, not running the streets looking for ways to entertain themselves at the expense of somebody.”
Foust credited Mahaney’s neighbors for coming to his aid.
“If not for their assistance, we would not have been able to investigate and complete it with the arrests,” he said. “The community as a whole was not tolerable of the offense and were very instrumental in giving us the individuals involved.”…….. <<<<<<<<<<<<<< - news.cincinnati.com/
>>>>>>>> …….The mother of two of the teens charged in the attack said her sons were remorseful.
“They were sorry, not only because they got in trouble (but) because they’re not bad people,” said Latasha Alford, whose twin sons were charged in the attack. “They have good hearts; they’re really good boys.”
The juvenile suspects face charges of felonious assault and aggravated rioting. <<<<<<<<<<< - msnbc.msn.com/
Do “good boys” act in such a brutal fashion?
What determines and defines a hate crime – besides some specific laws? Is it Political Correctness? Is it a police chief’s opinion? What factors weigh in? Is it only a hate crime when white teens beat up a black man?
Here, we have some young black teens that are alleged to have beaten up an older white man, simply because they were “bored.” That is the stated opinion of North College Hill Police Chief Gary Foust. But, how can he make that swift determination? Perhaps, it is because Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton never arrived on the scene with their race baiting cat calls?
But be that as it may, when one considers this crime against this man; it is actually a hate crime. Not in the sense of any racial element, but because these teens apparently gave into their sinful nature. What happened is an outgrowth of sinful behavior on the part of the teens. According to the divine revelation of the Scriptures, they did not exhibit love to their fellowman. Had they a true love of God, they would have had a love for this man they so brutally attacked. What is the opposite of love? It is hate.
Here’s the Divine Revelation (Christian Scripture) definition of a hatemonger:
“Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” – 1 John 3:15
….If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?…. – 1 John 4:20
……Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. ’This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” ….. – Gospel of Matthew 22:35-40
The Lord God’s command, is that His human creation should first love Him to the utmost; and that His same creation should love their fellowman [neighbor] as themselves. Surely these youth who reportedly beat up on this older man would not have treated themselves in like manner, as they would not [then] be loving themselves, but hating themselves.
Nathan M. Bickel