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Why should crimes be distinguished by the motivations of the perpetrator? Is hate a more heinous motivation than revenge?
daaytripper daaytripper 18-21, F 21 Answers Mar 27, 2013 in Community

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I am pleased to see people agree with me that the whole idea of a "hate" crime as opposed to crime in general is ridiculous. Murder is murder, theft is theft, rape is rape, etc.

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Punish everyone equally as harshly you commit a crime you know what you're doing.

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Yes, hate crimes should be punished more severely. The reason is that there are certain people that kill people ba<x>sed on race, religion, sexual orientation, and other groups they belong to. The reason that hate crimes should be punished more severely is because it sends out a message that people of these groups are just as important as anyone else and that you cant hurt them because of the groups they belong to. It sends a clear message that you cant commit racially motivated crimes. These hate crime cases tell people that this is not ok, which cuts their occurance down and makes us ultimately safer. <br />
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People who kill for love, or revenge, or any other reason should be punished, but killing someone because you hate them for something they cant control, not something they did to you.

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No, they shouldn't be.

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i do believe that hate crimes should be punished more severely, because hate crimes are directed at a specific segment of the population. therefore, anyone who belongs to that segment is at risk. not so with greed, anger and revenge which are directed, generally, at a specific person.

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Motivation doesn't change the crime...so no.

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hate crimes usually hurts less people...greed crimes can ruin the lives of thousands and thousands of good people

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hang them all.

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No

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Hate, greed, anger and the impulse to seek revenge are all destructive, fear-ba<x>sed emotions. Efforts to understand the genesis of these feelings are more important than considerations of the relative merits of appropriate punishments for crimes engendered by them. Punishment, in some cases, may be a deterrent, but is rarely a cure.

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Nope. Those laws are hate laws.

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Hate crimes should be abolished. Because most crimes are sentenced ba<x>sed on situations anyway.

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Its a popular idea politically. I don't think its a deterrent.

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its really about ignorance and rehabilitation.

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greed anger and revenge are all hate filled.

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