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The Hate Trail of Former Rutgers Student

 

I think most people have seen the recent media attention over charging Dharun Ravi with hate crimes over the suicide death of Tyler Clementi. Clementi committed suicide last year after Ravi used a webcam to capture two romantic encounters that Clementi had with another man. Ravi has been charged with several crimes, but recently bias intimidation was added to the list of charges because it is perceived that Ravi targeted Clementi because he was gay.

I fully agree that Ravi should be charged with whatever crimes are applicable, but I hope that they are able to prove that Ravi was doing what he was doing out of hate towards homosexuals and not just because Clementi was gay. I am afraid that this is being pursued for more political reasons and not just the actions of Ravi.

Without the bias intimidation charges, Ravi was not looking at any real jail time for the crimes he has committed. The invasion of privacy and tampering with evidence would not truly punish Ravi for the loss of life that occurred after his actions. So, is Ravi being punished for the wrong he committed against someone or because the target was gay?

You can Google hidden cam and find several adult sights where people have hidden cameras in peoples houses and/or rooms in an attempt to capture the subject in compromising situations. People make money off others peoples lives without anyone chasing them down to prosecute. Would the same outrage be seen if one of these women committed suicide after compromising images of them had been shared with others?

Let’s make sure that all crimes like this are punished equally and not show added outrage for one group and not another. If Ravi has clearly shown disregard or hateful tendencies toward homosexuals, then yes, prosecute him for hate crimes. If this was just a case of a person being stupid and disregarding the privacy of another then only prosecute him for what he has done. The loss of life is tragic, but we can not make a group of people a protected class and say any negative action towards them is hate.

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U.K. High Court Upholds Bar on Christian Foster Parents over Homosexual Views

From The Christian Post:

The U.K. High Court suggested Monday that traditional Christian beliefs on sexuality are “inimical” to children.

The ability of Christians to foster children has been thrown into doubt after the High Court made clear today that it would not intervene if local authorities stop Christians with orthodox views on sexuality from becoming foster parents.

Clarification had been sought from the High Court over whether married Christian couple Eunice and Owen Johns could continue to foster children after Derby City Council blocked their application because the couple had said they would not be willing to promote the practice of homosexuality to a young child.

Both parties wanted clarification on whether the couple should be excluded from consideration as foster parents under Britain’s equality laws because of their Christian beliefs concerning marriage.

The landmark ruling, handed down by judges Lord Justice Munby and Justice Beatson, suggested Christians with traditional views on sexual ethics would not make suitable foster carers.

The judges stated that if children were placed with parents who have traditional Christian views “there may well be a conflict with the local authority’s duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of looked-after children.”

They noted that there was tension between the equality provisions concerning religious discrimination and those concerning sexual orientation, but ruled that in regards to fostering, “the equality provisions concerning sexual orientation should take precedence.”

The judges argued that there had been no religious discrimination against the Johns because they had been excluded from the fostering application process as a result of their moral views on sexual ethics rather than their Christian beliefs.

They added that the right to manifest religious belief outlined in the European Human Rights Act was only a “qualified” right, particularly where it concerned potential carers who wish to manifest a belief that is “inimical” to the interests of children.

The ruling also implicitly upheld a submission from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission stating that children risk being “infected” by Christian moral beliefs.
There is now little chance that the Johns, who have previously fostered 15 children, will be able to foster children unless Derby City Council reverses its decision to halt their application process.

The Johns spoke of their disappointment in a joint statement following the ruling.

“We wanted to offer a loving home to a child in need but because of this ruling we are unsure how we can continue the application process,” they said.

“We have been excluded because we have moral opinions based on our faith, and a vulnerable child has probably now missed the chance of finding a safe and caring home.

“We do not believe that our ordinary Christian moral views are infectious, contrary to what the Equality and Human Rights Commission believes.

“Being a Christian is not a crime and should not stop us from raising children.”

The Christian Legal Center, which supported the Johns’ court bid, said significant areas of public life were now becoming “out of bounds” to Christians who do not want to compromise their beliefs.

It said that the outcome of the Johns’ case was just the latest in a series of recent rulings against Christians and further evidence of a “hostility” in the judiciary towards Christians.

CLC director Andrea Minichiello Williams said Britain was now leading Europe in intolerance against religious beliefs.

She expressed her concerns for the future of Christians living in Britain.

“If Christian morals are harmful to children and unacceptable to the state, then how many years do we have before natural children start being taken away from Christians?” she said.

“There is a great imbalance in the law at the moment, resulting in ordinary people suffering.

“The situation must be addressed by Parliament as the judiciary have failed to stand for civil liberties but have capitulated to the agenda of the homosexual rights lobby.

“We cannot have a society where you are excluded just because you don’t agree with the sexual ethics of the homosexual lobby.”

The CLC said it will now press Prime Minister David Cameron to launch an independent inquiry to look into whether or not it is lawful for Christians to be excluded from the foster care system on the grounds of their religious beliefs.

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