The FaithWalker’s Daily — Dec. 31: Hate Crime for Subway Pusher, Obama Goes for Guns, Failed Fiscal Cliffs

The FaithWalker’s Daily is a quick review of key news stories of the day from the perspective of a conservative Christ-follower living in, but not of, the world.

 

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  • NY Subway Pusher Charged with Hate Crime

The Basics —

 The 31-year-old woman who allegedly pushed an immigrant into the path of an oncoming subway train in New York told the judge that she hates Muslims and Hindus and thought the victim was one.

Dig Deeper:

  • Via FoxNews: “She had told police she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought the victim was one.” As it turns out, he was not, though he had been raised as a  Hindu.
  • Via ABC News, Puerto Rico toughens Hate Crime Laws. You can see where this is headed with this key quote: “‘A lot of church people are not teaching peace and to love thy neighbor,’ Gonzalez said. ‘They are teaching to hate gays.’”
  • From HuffPo: “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims,” she allegedly told police, according to charges filed by District Attorney Robert Johnson. “Ever since 2001 when they put down the Twin Towers, I’ve been beating them up.”

A Few Thoughts…

 If God hates hands that shed innocent blood, how can one’s motives for committing murder make the crime any worse? We step onto dangerous ground as a culture when we attempt to discern the intents of someone’s heart. Only God can do that. What difference does it make why someone killed another person? It is only because we have watered down the consequences for committing murder that we feel compelled to somehow increase them when faced with what we think are more egregious motives. Not sure God sees it that way at all. Note also the quote above claiming churches as the source of the hate.

 Every murder is a hate crime in God’s eyes.

 

 

  • Obama Tells Gregory He’ll Make Gun Control a Priority in Second Term

The Basics –

 President Obama told NBC’s David Gregory, who is under investigation for violating DC gun laws, that he would make gun control a top priority by supporting increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity bullet magazines.

Dig Deeper:

  • Via FoxNews, the rest of the story.
  • Via Howard Nemerov at PJ News, an excellent peek at the actual data about gun control. Demonostrates that gun controls fail. “Surprisingly (to me, at the time), I found no dataset proving civilian disarmament made anybody safer.”
  • Via The Hill, Obama sets up NRA straw man to knock down:  “I am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools. “
  • You may have seen this video montage mocking celebrities who are now demanding gun control and their love for violence in films and media. [Warning: Graphic violence and  language]
  • Facebook suspends Natural News site for daring to post this Ghandi quote: “Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”

A Few Thoughts…

First, the three things Obama listed as needing to increase had nothing — nothing — to do with what happened in Newtown. That’s all we need to know to see the political demagoguery going on here. Second, he offers a straw man in place of the NRA by dismissing their suggestion of armed guards in school as the “only” option offered. Finally, both the data and the American people are not behind the President on this one. I agree that Scripture is not clear on this issue, except as it pertains to defending life, although that argument can be made in both directions. The facts will matter on this one. Or at least they should.

Careful, Mr. President, your hubris is showing.

 

 

  • Last-Minute Leadership and Fiscal Cliff Lunacy

The Basics –

 On the eve of the fiscal cliff, no one seems sure what is going on as negotiations break down once again and rumours surface of a late Senate vote on Obama’s proposal to blame the GOP as the ones who caused the problem.

Dig Deeper:

  * U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000

 * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000

 * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000

 * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000

 * Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

 

Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:

 

* Annual family income: $21,700

 * Money the family spent: $38,200

 * New debt on the credit card: $16,500

 * Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710

 * Total budget cuts so far: $38.50

A Few Thoughts…

It’s exactly Graham’s sort of feckless leadership that has gotten us into this mess. Too few leaders have had the courage to do what must be done — get spending under control. We could course through the Biblical warning against debt all over again, but it is familiar ground to most here. In a day or two, middle class — and all other — Americans will get hit by tax increases no matter what our leaders do at this point, and we will go further in debt. I think Sen. Manchin said it best:

“Something has gone terribly wrong when the biggest threat to the American economy is our American Congress.”

 

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  • Brian Westley

    ” If God hates hands that shed innocent blood, how can one’s motives for committing murder make the crime any worse?”

    Here are three reasons why:
    1) Crimes against people for a particular characteristic affect other people with that characteristic much more than it otherwise would, and in some cases it’s a deliberate attempt towards all people with that characteristic to keep cowed or silent or to leave the area, etc. Lynching a black man wasn’t just murder, it was intended to terrorize all blacks; similarly, this woman wanted to kill all Muslims and Hindus.

    2) Crimes committed against people for a particular characteristic can be very difficult to solve, because there’s no logical connection between the murderer and the victim(s). The Atlanta child murderer killed at least 28 kids over 3 years before being caught, and even then it was part luck.

    3) Similar to 2), I’d guess that most people who have someone who wants to murder them have at least some idea that such a person exists, and can take steps to protect themselves. This isn’t the case here; how could Sunando Sen have expected to be pushed off a train platform? At least if he had a known enemy and spotted them at the platform, he would be on guard.

    We’ve had first- and second-degree murder for a long time, where the difference is mostly whether the murder was spontaneous or planned, and manslaughter when there was no motive to kill someone. I don’t think a greater penalty for a terroristic motive is out of line.


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