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Putting the Word ‘Hate’ into Proper Context

“Hate” is a weaponized buzzword that is garnering considerable traction, especially when employed as twilight language used in the same sentence that equates hate and crime as one and the same. So let’s define the word “hate” and carefully consider whether such an emotion should in itself be considered some type of crime.

Hate, by definition, is simply intense dislike. Synonyms include loathing, detestation, dislike, distaste, abhorrence, abomination, resentment, aversion, hostility, ill will and bad feeling.

Crime on the other-hand is defined as “a transgression of law.” One would assume that very few would call speech that expresses loathing, bad feelings or intense dislike a crime. But then one would be wrong. A poison has infected American culture to the extent that opinions are now split on whether to criminalize hateful speech. Notice that I emphasized speech or comments, not violence. Europe is even more extreme.

Conceivably, if a person commits a crime against another person, there’s a good chance the act was accompanied by one or more of those synonyms for “hate.” On its face, a crime is a crime, and any adjective for ill-feelings that is used is there on its face. Ill feeling or hate can and usually does exist completely separate from the commission of actual crime.

Speech is defined as “the expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds.” So if one were to simply utter something that hurt the feelings of someone of another ethnicity, culture, race, orientation, character, or point of view, those mere words constitute harm in the world of (((cultural Marxist, Social Justice Warrior))) twilight language. The dictionary, at least up to now, has defined harm as physical injury, especially that which is deliberately inflicted.” 

In sum what we see with this hate speech gaming is a blatant disparity between the normal connotation of the word and its reference. Hate as a concept has been looked at by wise men throughout the ages. And they often got the context and even merit of it. Perhaps some insights can be gleaned.

“They never will love where they ought to love, who do not hate where they ought to hate.” – Edmund Burke

“We do urge hate: If you love something, that love requires you to hate anything that threatens its survival.” –Matthew Hale

“A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; a time to be silent and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.” — Ecclesiastes 7

“Achilles glared at him and answered, ‘Fool, prate not to me about covenants. There can be no covenants between men and lions, wolves and lambs can never be of one mind, but hate each other out and out an through. Therefore, there can be no understanding between you and me, nor may there be any covenants between us, till one or other shall fall.”― Homer, The Iliad

“Feeding milk and bananas to a serpent only makes its venom more potent.” — Chanakya Pandita, Raja niti sastra, expeller of Alexander the Great

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  • Brabantian

    Something new on the ‘hate speech’ front … in Europe now, ‘Anti-Americanism’ has begun to be catalogued as another form of politically incorrect ‘racist bigotry’ … maybe USA Americans can cash in on this?

    Vietnamese-American writer Linh Dinh, shows a photo he took of a large banner made & displayed by students at the University of Leipzig in Germany … the banner says the student community there is against 6 things, in this order: Xenophobia – Islamophobia – homophobia – sexism – anti-Semitism (of course) – and … ‘Anti-Amerikanismus’ (!)

    • Yes, I can fake some “hurt feelings” victimhood, and start a Gofundme site.

      The people I associate with in Europe tend to be the right. They tell me the outlook towards America is like day and night compared to 25 years ago. The Clinton-Trump campaign contributes to an America as insane country view.