Friday, August 03, 2007

What will these actions get you in America? One will land you in jail for a hate crime. Can you guess which one?

Exhibit A. Submerging the Crucifix of Christ in a glass of Urine and taking a picture.
Exhibit B. Burning the Flag of the United States of America.

Exhibit C. Throwing a Koran in the toilet.

Although all three of these acts are sure to be offensive to a certain group of society only one is a hate crime in the eyes of the law.

Exhibit A., actually won an award for American photographer Andres Serrano in 1989. It depicts a small plastic crucifix supporting the body of Jesus Christ submerged in a glass of the artist's urine.
The piece was a winner of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art’s "Awards in the Visual Arts" competition, which is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a United States Government agency that offers support and funding for artistic projects. In fact the NEA gave Serrano a 15,000 dollar grant. In other words 15,000 of your tax dollars went to Serrano for this piece of garbage! But I digress.

Exhibit B., probably will not win you any awards. It may win you praise from your anti-America hippy friends, and it has been known to stir controversy within the halls of Congress leading Republicans to go as far as trying to limit the freedom of expression and speech with legislation to outlaw flag burning.

Exhibit C., is the only one reconized as a hate crime, and 23-year-old student at Pace University in Brooklyn, Stanislav Shmulevich, faces jail time for this action. He was arrested on Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Koran in the toilet on two separate occasions, according to the New York City Police Department.

Shmulevich has been charged with two felonies, criminal mischief and aggravated harrasment.

If Schmulevich had thrown a bible in the toilet, coated it with urine, burned a flag and chanted “Death to America and Israel,” he wouldn’t be facing jail time right now, nor should he be. Instead, he offended the religion of Islam, and that is a felony.

This is a direct attack on the constitutional right of free speech. There is no constitutional right to not be offended. There is a constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression.

Providing that this was his personal Koran, I fail to see any law broken. If it was not his own personal Koran then he may be guilty of destruction to personal property, but that is about it.

All three of these acts are tasteless in their own way, but none of them are a crime. It is called Freedom, but then again most Americans just do not understand the concept anymore.

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