I ‘Ate You Butler!

Coloniescross, Going Postal
Stephen Lewis, 1926 – 2015

A Beginners Guide to Hate Crime
A Hate Incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice  towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.

Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but those that do become hate crimes. The Association  of Chief Police Officers and the CPS have agreed a common definition of hate crime: “Any criminal offence  which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a  person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual  orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a  person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”

The above two paragraphs are taken from The Crown Prosecution Service definition of “”Hate Incident” and “Hate  Crime”. Note the use of the words “perceived” “victim” and “other person”. Here we have the beginnings of  something which, if applied to its logical and full conclusion, can put anyone at risk, at any time, of being  accused of a “hate crime”.

To be accused of a “hate crime” you don’t actually have to have committed any offence at all, you don’t even  have to know your “victim”. Furthermore your “victim” doesn’t necessarily have to be present when the supposed  offence is committed. It might seem flippant but I believe, given the current state of our nation and given  the fact that UK Police Forces (the one thing that could truly have been seen as the envy of the civilised  world) seem hell bent on pursuing “hate criminals”, that anyone who exercises their legal right to freedom of  speech and freedom of expression opens themselves up to accusations of hate crime.

The “I ‘ate you Butler” is there for a reason. Not too many years ago entertainment was full of expressions  like this. People of all races colours and creeds were the butt of jokes and innuendo, on television, radio  and in print. Homosexuality was regularly “sent up” and racial, religious and regional stereotypes were  commonplace. “Paddies are thick”, “Jocks are tight”, “Welshmen shag sheep”, “French people don’t wash very  much”, “Jews are obsessed with money” “Arabs are sneaky”, “Chinese people are yellow”, “Japanese people are  treacherous” “Yorkshire people are gods in human form”, the list could go on and on. I can’t ever remember  laughing at one of these stereotypes, in context, while thinking another one of them was either racist or  “phobic” in some way, they were either funny, or they weren’t. Over officious people in supposed positions of  power (Blakey the Bus Inspector for instance) were ribbed mercilessly, it didn’t matter what colour they were,  or where they originated from.

Am I a “Hate Criminal”?

I don’t want to dwell too much on any one side of this debate; it has been made far more complex than it ever  needed to be by lawmakers and other agencies that have too much say in how we live our lives. As I write this  piece, which is meant to be a serious (ish) article, I am asking myself if I am putting myself at risk of  arrest simply by putting some thoughts on paper, surely not.

I was brought up in a time when to be a male homosexual was to be a criminal. The church, whatever it did in  private, took its lead from the bible and also taught that it (homosexuality) was wrong. I am a little bit at  odds with myself where “gayness” is concerned; on the one hand I accept that as times have changed and the law  has changed accordingly, homosexuality is no longer illegal.

My problem is that although it might be legal does that legality make it morally, spiritually or culturally  right?  Furthermore, if I do accept that homosexual practices are legal but I have an aversion, mentally and  physically, to said practices, why should I be at risk of committing a crime if I make my personal feelings  known, vocally or otherwise?

My upbringing and my deeply held personal beliefs are however inconsequential. Because certain organisations  and the governments that slavishly listen to them have decreed I must embrace homosexuality I am not allowed  to express my feelings on the subject. Perversely, “gay” people can parade down the main street of any town  and city in this country, simulating lewd acts, wearing little or no clothing and openly proclaiming their  “love” of anal penetration with all manner of implements without fear of censure. If I were to challenge their  right to do this I could be committing a “hate crime”.

Hate Crime Top Trumps

Recently there has been a drama series on the ABBC called Broken. As a piece of drama it was quite good, the  acting was excellent and the story line, which explored a Catholic Priest questioning his faith was  challenging. It even addressed “hate crime” but it addressed it from, to my mind anyway, a typically ABBC  perspective.

A young (mentally ill) black man was shot by police, wrongfully as it turned out. One of his neighbours, a gay  man, delivered some flowers. The boy’s uncle, visiting with his children was a fundamental Christian. The  uncle refused to accept the flowers. Shortly afterwards the gay man returns to complain that the children had  called him a queer after he admonished them for banging on his door. These children were from a different  culture where homosexuality is illegal. Anyway, the father of the boys refuses to make them apologise, he sees  nothing for them to apologise for and he goes to walk away. “If they can call me queer I can call you nigger”  says the gay man. He is asked to repeat this, and he does, inviting and getting a right hander to the nose.  From this point the usage of the word “nigger” becomes irrelevant and the father of the boys is accused of a  homophobic “hate crime” which, because it was accompanied by violence would mean, if he was convicted, a  lengthy spell in prison. The “gay” man wasn’t questioned about possible provocation. Homophobia, on this  occasion, trumped the use of a word deemed to be racist.

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“Brexit” and Hate Crime

In the aftermath of the EU referendum it was reported that there had been a “significant” rise in “hate  incidents” right across the United Kingdom. Three police forces (Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and The  Met) alone recorded 1,000 “hate crimes” immediately following the result. The plain truth is that these so  called “crimes” were, if not fabricated, then they were “constructed” to give the impression of a crime wave  and to cause panic in the post leave consciousness. Tellingly, a Google search for “hate crimes post Brexit”  reinforces this myth in 9 out of 10 of the top stories. I have never witnessed a “crime” of this type, I don’t  know anyone who has and I doubt very much if many other people have either. “Hate incidents” and “hate crimes”  can be anything the offended want them to be. My belief, and certainly my albeit limited experience, convinces  me that post referendum hate crime was and remains a constructed myth.

Islam and Hate Crime

This is a thorny one, Muslims are constantly the victims of “hate crime”, people look at them in a funny way,  some people, no doubt thinking they are being “funny”, put bacon on the handles of doors belonging to Muslims.  Some people even have the temerity to write articles and books that do not agree with the received wisdom that  Islam is a Religion (it isn’t it’s an ideology) of Peace.

All this has lead to Islam and its followers being the most persecuted section of society, wherever they live  in the world. But how do I commit a “hate crime” against a Muslim or against Islam itself?  If I state facts,  “The person who murdered and maimed over 100 people at a pop concert in Manchester was a Muslim and an  Islamist Jihadi”, is this a hate crime? Probably not, If however I make the statement “Islam isn’t a peaceful  religion at all, this can be proved by the fact that its followers regularly murder people all over the world,  citing their “holy book” as justification” I may well be guilty of being perceived as “hating Islam” and, by  extension, committing a “hate crime”.

Extrapolating this further, if I was to make the statement (which I never would BTW), “I hate Islam and I hate  all Muslims, I think they are stupid for believing the words of the Qu’uran, a book that was obviously made up  by a paedophile to convince some thick tribesmen to murder some other tribesmen”. I could, if someone were to  hear me and complain to the authorities, be investigated for “hate crime”. It wouldn’t matter whether I  believed the statement or not, it wouldn’t even matter if part or all of it were true or reasonable. It COULD  be a “hate crime”.

We should note that recently a man who had put bacon on a door handle was sent to prison, where he died in so  far unrevealed circumstances. Recently a Muslim who was convicted of sexual assault on a minor was spared jail  because his wife couldn’t speak English. Don’t you just hate it when things like this happen?

he truth is though, real crimes including crimes of a sexual nature are no longer as important as “hate  crimes”. This isn’t exhaustive; there are lots of examples of how you might unknowingly commit a hate crime.  My advice, I hate to say this but, watch what you say and who you say it to, don’t trust anyone you don’t know  and don’t believe you live in a free and democratic country. Your rights to challenge and question are being  eroded; freedom of speech is one of the last bastions of an open and libertarian society, it is worth fighting for.

© Coloniescross 2017