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Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Your WND Hate-Crimes Lie of the Day
Topic: WorldNetDaily

A June 1 WorldNetDaily article again calls the federal hate-crimes bill the "Pedophile Protection Act" and uncritically repeats the demonstrably false claim that the bill offers protection for "all 547 forms of sexual deviancy or 'paraphilias' listed by the American Psychiatric Association."

As a special bonus, WND also uses the article to whitewash an alleged hate crime in Missouri:

No one really knows what was going through the mind of Nicholas John Profitt, 31, when he allegedly threw rocks that damaged the front door of the Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Was it an act of anti-Islamic bigotry? Or was it a random act of vandalism?

Nevertheless, Profitt has been charged with a hate crime. What would have been a misdemeanor count becomes a class D felony.

Instead of facing a maximum sentence of four years in prison, Profitt is facing up to seven – the difference due to his state of mind, what he was thinking or not thinking when he threw the rocks.

That's partly what's at stake when the U.S. Senate considers a national hate crimes bill that will add special penalties against individuals guilty of crimes based on ethnic, religious and racial hatred and new classifications based on sexual orientation – legislation that has been dubbed by critics as "The Pedophile Protection Act."

WND misleads its readers by portraying Profitt as someone who benignly threw rocks at a door. WND fails to report other details of the case:

  • Damage to the door exceed $750.
  • Profitt is also accused of damaging the windshield of a car parked in the Islamic center's parking lot.
  • Profitt faces further charges of driving while intoxicated, speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt for offenses he allegedly committed four hours after the property damage.

Why does WND want its readers to think it's somehow acceptable to vandalize an Islamic center and face only minimal punishment for doing so?

Posted by Terry K. at 5:25 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 5:26 PM EDT

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