"Internet Hate Crime"

I find the term "hate crime" at best conceptually meaningless, and worse, a bastardization of the English language. This Reuters article takes it one step further by using the term "internet hate crime". Some of the things mentioned in the article should be considered bad taste, yet nothing strikes me as anything like a crime. At least when a supposed "hate crime" occurs, a crime is actually carried out, and the thought police tack on the word "hate" after the fact. But on the internet, there are only ideas. Sticks and stones...

Worse, there are actually busybodies belonging to fancy organizations having 4-letter names with nothing better to do than trying to do something about this supposed "internet hate crime". Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I thought that individuals had the ability, and by extension the responsibility, to evaluate speech before acting on it.

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