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- Without taking a stance on its merits, there is a case to be made that the death penalty has little/no deterrent effects. If that is true, could we not say the same about “hate crime” laws?
- Can we OBJECTIVELY say (as a society or even as a species) that it is ultimately more harmful to society to commit armed robbery (as an example) because the target was _______ [fill in a demographic] versus because the target “seemed vulnerable”? On a societal basis, wouldn’t the universe of “seemed vulnerable” encompass a larger portion and therefore those targeting the vulnerable posed an ongoing threat to a larger swath of the population?
I’m only exaggerating my point a little–for effect–but, this whole concept of “hate crimes” is not only a slippery slope, I don’t think the stated/implied rationale stands up to logic.
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