In recent years, it's become fashionable in America to talk about the need to stop hate crimes. But, all too often, "hate crimes" are defined as speech which questions the legitimacy of the homosexual lifestyle.
True hate crimes, however, are acts of violence perpetrated without cause but with a tremendous amount of malice. A perfect example of this is something that happened in Florida recently.
A couple of thugs attacked a homeless man, causing him to sustain serious bruises. What makes the incident newsworthy is that the assailants were ten years old.
At an age when boys should be playing soccer, hunting for earthworms, and camping under the stars, our male children are instead getting their kicks by beating up the already-downtrodden. CNN is reporting that, last year alone, there were 142 attacks against and murders of homeless people. Often, those responsible for the violence were young people looking for a cheap, disgusting thrill.
As one observer told CNN, "If we're talking about 10-year-olds, that means we've hit an all-time low. The youngest person to have ever been arrested for a crime like this is 13.”
Both liberals and conservatives can agree that such street violence is an atrocity—especially when the culprits can barely see over the steering wheel of a car. However, the solutions proposed in the face of such violence differ widely, depending on where you sit on the political spectrum.
Liberals would have us believe that the answer to such decadence is more money for public schools, diversity training, and midnight basketball. Conservatives, however, are likely to give a much different response.
To begin with, the conservative sees violence as being the opposite of love and the God who is love. The conservative reasons that, when prayer was taken out of schools, God was too. Since nature abhors a vacuum, hate filled the space that should have been occupied by love of neighbor.
A young person who can't even check in with God at the place that he spends the majority of his day isn't likely to ooze compassion to other people—especially the poor. A heart which lacks prayer is a heart which lacks love.
The conservative also knows that young people believe life is cheap. For this we can credit the abortion-at-all-costs crowd, who never met an abortion they didn't embrace. Young people are smart—they know that abortion is murder. And they figure, if you can go ahead and end the life of a baby in the womb, what's to stop you from clobbering the homeless guy down the street? Abortion is violence and violence always begets violence.