The murder and subsequent legal proceedings in the case of Alex in the United States (child with Autism, mother couldn’t cope), has the ASD community all hyped up. Some want pity for the mother, others want her head on a stick. Personally I’m of the latter state of mind – being stressed is no excuse for first degree murder.
Some are calling for Alex’s murder to fall under hate crimes legislation however – a notion I find ludicrous. Alex was killed due to burden/care issues – not because the murderer has a thing against Autistics.
I also started thinking about hate crimes legislation in general and I really don’t believe it should exist. Now before you go getting your panties bunched up – I am a member of a few minority groups that benefit from hate crime legislation. I have had friends suffer from hate crimes. I consider myself lucky that bullying and discrimination have been as bad as it has come personally.
However for me it comes down to one simple thing…
How do you tell a parent that their child’s murder is not as severe as another child’s murder because of the killers personal beliefs?
How is it “worse” that a child (or anyone) is killed because they are racially different/gay/Autistic/etc rather than “just because” the killer likes killing???
Not to mention I have trouble with “how do you prove what is going on in someone’s head?” And should we even have a right to legislate against hate in the first place? That’s a whole big slippery slope!!!
I don’t like that some people hate me because I’m female or gay or Wiccan or Autistic or have a disability or have a mental illness or am in the lowest of social and financial demographics. If we take away their right to hate me because of those reasons however – how soon until I can’t hate them for being ignorant self obsessed twats? Laws like these assume that some opinions are criminal. Where do we draw the line? How do we stop it from becoming ridiculous??????
Killing someone because in your eyes they are not human is abhorrent. But killing someone for any reason is abhorrent.