The Criminal Code of Canada says a hate crime is committed to intimidate, harm or terrify not only a person, but an entire group of people to which the victim belongs. The victims are targeted for who they are, not because of anything they have done. The insidious act of any hate crime is one in which hate is the motive and can involve intimidation, harassment, physical force or threat of physical force against a person, a group or a property.
On Saturday, August 20, 2011, while in attendance at a peaceful protest in front of the Vancouver Church of Scientology, the Police were called to question me in response to a hate crime complaint by one of the Church’s parishioners.
A police cruiser attended the scene and I was questioned about my motives for being there and the officers informed me that the Church members felt intimidated by my presence and stated I was committing a hate crime. After explaining why I was there and that I did not hate the church or any member therein, I did point out that I vehemently oppose Scientology’s human rights abuses and fraudulent activity, including criminal convictions. I added that under the Canada Charter of Rights and Freedoms, I was protected by way of “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression and freedom of peaceful assembly.”
The Officers smiled and indeed were quite friendly, concurring that I was breaking no law and in no way was I inciting hate crimes.
The Canada Criminal Code Section 319 deals with publicly stirring up or inciting hatred against an identifiable group based on colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
This law states that it is illegal to communicate hatred in a public place by telephone, broadcast or through other audio or visual means. The same section protects people from being charged with a hate crime if their statements are truthful or the expression of a religious opinion.
The Code also states: 318 (1) Every person who advocates or promotes genocide is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years. (2) In this section, “genocide” means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part any identifiable group, namely. (a) Killing members of the group; or (b) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.
I have been to many protests in several cities across Canada, and not once have I seen any Anonymous protester with any thoughts or actions in the context of hate crimes under the criminal code. In fact the only criminal acts I’ve witnessed were by members of the Church of Scientology.
When one examines Scientology religious doctrines and church policy, clearly, hate crimes and other illegal activity are evident.
L. Ron Hubbard wrote “In any event, any person from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind. There are only two answers for the handling of people from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale, neither one of which has anything to do with reasoning with them or listening to their justification of their acts. The first is to raise them on the Tone Scale by un-enturbulating some of their theta by any one of the three valid processes. The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow. The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals occupying the lower bands of the tone scale from the social order would result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have entered. It is not necessary to produce a world of clears in order to have a reasonable and worthwhile social order; it is only necessary to delete those individuals who range from 2.0 down” L. Ron Hubbard, Science of Survival.
Under Section 318 of the Canada Criminal Code, it is a criminal act to “advocate or promote genocide” — to call for, support, encourage or argue for the killing of members of a group based on colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
Under the CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACT, Section 13: Hate messages -
13.(1) It is a discriminatory practice for a person or a group of persons acting in concert to communicate telephonically or to cause to be so communicated, repeatedly, in whole or in part by means of the facilities of a telecommunication undertaking within the legislative authority of Parliament, any matter that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt by reason of the fact that that person or those persons are identifiable on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.
In review of the aforementioned Criminal Codes and Human Rights Act, Scientology in essence, encourages hate crimes as per policy and directives and does so without fear of redress by the judicial system.
On Wednesday January 11, 2012, the United Kingdom charged five men for hate crimes for allegedly handing out leaflets calling for gay people to be killed in the first ever prosecution under new legislation making such actions a hate crime. One of the accused allegedly told the officers who questioned him that it was his duty to express laws laid down by Allah.
Similarly, parishioners of the Church of Scientology follow and abide by L. Ron Hubbard’s dogma of discriminating against not only gay people, but any person below two on the Scientology Tone Scale. Hubbard declares that these people do not have any civil rights whatsoever and should be killed.
Furthermore, Hubbard declares “Somebody someday will say ‘this is illegal.’ By then be sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not.”
Scientology religious doctrines and policies cannot ever be changed or modified in any way whatsoever – - to do so is a High Crime as per L. Ron Hubbard directives.
From a psychological standpoint, hate crimes may have extreme consequences, if the victim even survives. A manual issued by the Attorney-General of the Province of Ontario in Canada lists the following consequences:
- Effects on people – psychological and affective disturbances; repercussion on the victim’s identity and self-esteem; both reinforced by the degree of violence of a hate crime, usually stronger than that of a common one.
- Effect on the targeted group – generalized terror in the group to which the victim belongs, inspiring feelings of vulnerability over the other members, who could be the next victims.
- Effect on other vulnerable groups – ominous effects over minority groups or over groups that identify themselves with the targeted one, especially when the referred hate is based on an ideology or doctrine that preaches simultaneously against several groups.
Peaceful protests at the Church of Scientology does not invoke a hate crime act towards a group or single person, but rather “we the people” oppose the illegal behaviour and insidious human rights abuses that this organization condones as legal and their religious right.
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. – Albert Einstein
David Edgar Love