Mark Steyn thinks that little by little, bit by bit, the UK may be going down the path on which Geert Wilders finds himself on. He adds this little tidbit about a little noticed item in BHO’s Whitehouse webpage.
With that in mind, I was interested to see this pop up at the White House website on Obama Day One:
Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: President Obama and Vice President Biden will strengthen federal hate crimes legislation, expand hate crimes protection by passing the Matthew Shepard Act, and reinvigorate enforcement at the Department of Justice’s Criminal Section.
The Matthew Shepard Act does not include prosecuting “hate crimes” against religious groups, but it does provide funding for federal prosecutions against “hate crimes” that local authorities choose not to pursue and the establishment of a database of the haters. However, according to the Wikipedia entry cited above, current law already allows the prosecution of those guilty of hate crimes involving “race, color, religion, or national origin, and only while the victim is engaging in a federally-protected activity, like voting or going to school”. The Matthew Shepard Act would “remove the current prerequisite that the victim be engaging in a federally-protected activity, like voting or going to school”
As I’ve argued elsewhere, the real significance of Israel, Salman Rushdie and Geert Wilders is not that we ought be fans of that country, that author or that Dutch politician. To tell you the truth I don’t want to live in Israel, have never read Salman Rushdie, never met Geert Wilders. But they are the first cries from the periphery, the first signal from the outermost circle of the herd that the wolves are upon us. We who are still in the middle of the flock make think ourselves safe. Maybe we are, maybe it will take the wolves too long to chew their way to us, but I wouldn’t bet on it.