These days more than ever we hear people talking about hate. The media in particular obsesses over so-called “hate crimes.” The logic behind this fear is that incidents motivated by hatred over religion, gender, class, or any other distinction are somehow worse than crimes committed over money, love, or any other number of factors.
And, of course, we know that too many elements of our society brand mere differences of opinion as hate. Advocates of traditional marriage often receive the brand of “hater” because they believe in a particular definition of wedlock, even though these people may have never expressed outright hatred toward anyone. That’s just one example, but accusations of hate regarding differences in political or cultural philosophy happen far too often lately.
We’re seeing this phenomenon rear its ugly head in the UK in particular. Last month, the police in South Yorkshire began a campaign to ask citizens to report acts of hate where a crime had never actually taken place:
In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing. Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. Report it and put a stop to it #HateHurtsSY pic.twitter.com/p2xf6OLoQZ
— South Yorkshire Police (@syptweet) September 9, 2018
That’s right, the police want folks in South Yorkshire to tattle on their neighbors if they express an opinion or make a remark that someone could constitute as “hate.” You can’t get much more Orwellian than that.
The Scottish government’s “One Scotland” initiative is going after hate crimes as well with a new campaign of posters and videos that announce to “bigots,” “racists,” “homophobes,” “transphobes,” and “disablists” that Scotland has “had enough” of hate crimes.
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