"Israeli police say a gunman entered a youth club for gay teens in central Tel Aviv on Saturday night and sprayed the interior with automatic rifle fire, killing three people and injuring 11.First of all, a hate crime may be premeditated, or may be some bit of evil done on the spur of the moment. A premeditated crime may be motivated by hate, or by a coldly calculated desire to achieve some goal by illegal means.
"Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said it was 'most likely a criminal attack and not a terror attack.' Tel Aviv has been a target for Palestinian militants in the past...."
"...'This was a hate crime, a premeditated attack,' witness Yaniv Weisman told Channel 10 TV. He said Cafe Noir, the basement club, was popular with youth..."
(AP, via FOXNews)
Yes, it looks like what some Americans call a "hate crime." But it's possible that this attack was the sort of communication that occurred in the livelier days of Chicago's history, when someone didn't go along with an offer they couldn't refuse.
Why Write About This?A few days ago, I read a post about celebrating our faith: and added the post's blog to the blogroll. (July 28, 2009) I do intend to lighten up a bit: but this multiple homicide in Tel Aviv attracted my attention. I think there are some important things to be pointed out.
Not Everything is About MeI'm a Catholic, living in a country that started out Protestant and is becoming increasingly secular. There are people who don't like Catholics in America. The days of the burning cross seem to be over, for a while at least, but there are still rather nasty verbal and symbolic attacks on Catholicism. (Another War-on-Terror Blog (August 5, 2008))
Particularly since I grew up in a virulently anti-Catholic area, I need to remind myself now and again that not everything that affects Catholics is directed at Catholics or Catholicism. (July 5, 2009) I'm a convert, by the way: and wild claims about the 'Whore of Babylon' are part of the reason I'm a Catholic now. (September 26, 2008, and other posts)
With respect to the feelings of Yaniv Weisman, I can't assume that this multiple murder was a hate crime - any more than I can assume that explosions in Cotabato were directed at Catholics (July 5, 2009)
Catholicism Does Not Teach HateI don't expect to convince true believers of contrary philosophies, but the Catholic Church doesn't teach hate. There are Catholics who hate others - and sometimes themselves - and some of them may believe, ardently, that the Catholic Church is on the same page as they are.
The Catholic Church has some markedly counter-cultural beliefs about sin: for starters, that it exists. But hating a sin is not the same as hating a sinner. I wrote about that in connection with the supposed object of hatred in this crime, earlier this year. (March 13, 2009)
I know: there are wack jobs who say that they're Christian and appear to have very little going for them except hatred for a short list of preferred targets: blacks, Jews, foreigners and Catholics often make the list. (October 2, 2008) But I don't assume that they're any more representative of Protestant Christianity, than politicos like Pelosi are representative of Catholicism. (March 8, 2009)
And yes: these little 'First Church of Holy Hate' groups generally teach hate of homosexuals, too.
Life is Precious: and Three Lives are Now EndedI'm a practicing Catholic, so I have no choice but to value human life. (November 2, 2008) Not just the lives of good-looking, healthy people with opinions similar to my own: every human life.1
Now WhatIt's possible that whoever killed these youth will be caught, tried, and convicted. And, I hope that the person or persons responsible are not executed. It's that 'life is precious' thing again.
- Do I think it was right to kill those three people?
- Do I think Homosexuality is okay?
- Do I hate homosexuals?
- Do I hate the person or persons who killed those kids?
- I'm trying, hard, not to
- "Beach Killer Joseph Burges: A Case of Horribly Warped Christianity"
(July 24, 2009)
- "Dr. George Tiller's Murder Link Page"
(last updated June 9, 2009)
- "Cotabato Bomb: Not Everything Affecting Catholics is Aimed at Catholics"
(July 5, 2009)
- "Sex, Condoms, AIDS, an 'Immoral' Pope, and What Everybody Knows"
(March 17, 2009)
- "The Catholic Church and Homosexuals: Harsh and Soft, Judgmental and Understanding"
(March 13, 2009)
- "The Catholic Church Won't Even Let People Kill Themselves"
(January 28, 2009)
- "My Life Has Purpose: Everybody's Does"
(January 5, 2009)
- "Psycho Santa's Slaying Spree - The Catholic Connection"
(December 26, 2008)
- "Old Woman Attacked Proposition 8 Demonstrators: Who Knew?"
(November 13, 2008)
- "Conservative? Liberal? Democrat? Republican? No, I'm Catholic"
(November 3, 2008)
- "Life: It's a Single Issue, and an Important One"
(November 2, 2008)
- "Capital Punishment: Killing Those Who Deserve to Die"
(October 2, 2008)
- "Gunman Kills 3, Injures 11 at Gay Youth Club in Israel"
The Associated Press, via FOXNews (August 1, 2009)
1 I know: the Catholic Church allows the death penalty. In extreme circumstances. Although I know that not everyone agrees with my position, I do not think that a country with America's resources can, in good conscience, allow the death penalty. (October 2, 2008) When the Supreme Court of the United States of America can raise someone from the dead, I'll reconsider my position.