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Perhaps some of us are old fashion, but is not all murder a "hate" crime? Normally, if you have chosen to abandon all other options with some you "hate" or do not like, murder ensues. In either case, chances are that you are not a fan of the person you're murdering. With terrorism on the rise and potential terrorist training camps like "Islamberg", the New York based terrorist camp potential reported by the US Herald in January, one must approach any issue revolving around Muslims carefully.

CNN reported on a case that involved potential "hate crimes" against American Muslims, but was there truly a confirmed racial animus or extreme prejudice against these two followers of Islam? The decision seems to break both way, depending on who you ask.

Deah Shaddy Barakat,Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, were found shot in the head. The 20-somethings, and near 20-something, apparently with in the middle of a dispute with another North Carolina resident Craig Stephen Hicks.

So, what dispute could lead to such a vicious act? According to the police, the argument broke out over a ...parking space. However, the families of the slain feel it is a prejudicial crime against Muslims, so naturally the FBI has decided to open an investigation. At this time, CNN reports, they have found zilch. Nothing. Nada.

However, "some", claim a double standard. The "some" say, if it were reversed, law enforcement and the media would not hesitate to call it a "hate" crime or "terrorist act". Which of course, can be argued against. The US Herald reported last month on a potential "hate crime" candidate. A former U.S. Marine Ralph Weems was severely beaten by a crowd of black men near West Point in northern Mississippi.

Not to mention that there was a specific case directly refutes the theory of "some". The Ford Hood shooting of 2009 was handled with kids gloves. It was given no special consideration, let alone properly being called terrorism.

They have searched his computer, spoke to his soon-to-be ex-wife, and have found nothing thus far. Her divorce attorney has suggested a mental health issue, but had no specific evidence. However, for some reason, CNN legal analyst Mark O'Mara called Hicks' vocal atheism "one piece of evidence".

The police have vowed to exhaust their resources to determine the motive, whatever it may be.

"We understand the concerns about the possibility that this was hate-motivated, and we will exhaust every lead to determine if that is the case."

Emotions often cloud judgment, and being a family member or friend to the victim of a crime is the cloudiest judgment of all. There are those who harbor hate for others based on a variety of reasons, but being an atheist does not invariably cause you to execute three women. Mental instability, however, certainly can.

No matter what the motive, this is a tragedy, and should not be made light of for the sake of political conjecture.

Whatever the outcome of this case, at this time, the evidence flies in the face of the idea that it is a "hate crime". Even so, we as a society really should consider whether the statute really is necessary in this day and age.

What are your thoughts?

Was this a "hate crime" against Muslims? Should the U.S. reconsider the nature of using the language of "hate crime" to prosecute criminals?

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