By Tom Quiner
Killing Christians isn’t a hate crime.
When 9 people where shot to death in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, the story wasn’t that Christians were targeted, but that African-Americans were targeted. The media immediately labeled it a hate crime because of the racial component of the tragedy.
Yesterday in Oregon, another deranged young man targeted Christians at a community college leaving another 9 Christians dead.
Imagine if the shooter asked if you were Muslim, and only shot you through the head if you answered yes.
The president and the media would scream that it was a hate crime, as they should. But when victims were targeted because of the their belief in Christ, the storyline is different. The president calls for dramatic restrictions on the 2nd Amendment. The hate crime label isn’t invoked.
As you can see in the chart below, the incidence of reported hate crimes against Protestants or Catholics is relatively low. One reason is because it occurs less. Another may be because anti-Christian hate crimes are less likely to be identified as a hate crime, when they should, as you can see from the two horrific examples cited above.