Frankly I’m not surprised. It was inevitable. Once you start extending special group status based on belief and not on something one cannot control, like genetics etc. this was guaranteed as its logical conclusion. Islam for example, is a choice. Yet we give it the same victim status as a group that faces true discrimination based on factors beyond the individuals control. And now, if you belong to an unfashionable political persuasion as well as a religion antithetical to a liberal world, you get special protection under the law.
‘Nazi’ listed as an identifiable victim group in Toronto Police’s 2009 hate crime stats report
By Karolyn Coorsh
May 7, 2010
Can Nazis be victims of hate?
According to Toronto Police’s 2009 report on hate and bias crime statistics, they can indeed.
In the report presented to the Police Services Board on April 22, Nazi is listed as one of the 27 identified victim groups targeted in hate-motivated criminal acts in 2009.
Under the breakdown of occurrences by police division, “Nazi” is listed as the victim group for one mischief offence that was reported in 13 Division. The west-end division polices parts of Forest Hill, Davenport, Cedarvale and Dovercourt.
In the report’s executive summary, Nazi also appears under the listing of “new victim group” for 2009; these are the identifiable groups that have not appeared in the previous hate/bias crime reports.
The category is puzzling, given that Nazi typically refers to a political party. Political organizations do not appear to fall under any of the hate/bias category codes used throughout the report’s charts and tables.
The Toronto Police definition of hate/bias crime is a “criminal offence committed against a person or property, where there is evidence that the offence was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on the victim’s race, nationality or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age mental of physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other similar factor.”