Someone in Portland, OR is going door-to-door and posting flyers. The police are calling these flyers “hate speech”, but I am having difficulty seeing the connection and am of a mind to believe that they simply do not like the sentiment within and are trumping up charges in the hopes of scaring the guy.
They read as follows:
Dear Reader of This Note,
There is an intersection between those people who vote and those people who receive public assistance. There are sixteen people in this neighborhood who vote and receive cash disability payments. The names of these people are being posted where they can be seen by taxpayers and the neighborhood can decide who is truly disabled. Benjamin Franklin said “When the people can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” Some of us in the neighborhood wish to save this democracy and to stand in the way of those who would destroy it.
Artemis of the Wildland
Do you see a “threat” in there?
Other than exposing who in these neighborhoods is taking some free money, I cannot see where any promise of action exists. Exposure is not violence, hence there is no threat of bodily harm, hence there is no “hate”.
At the most, exposure would simply lead to someone who disapproves notifying the proper authorities to investigate the individual’s disability claim. Sounds to me like a good way to get tips from the public about fraud.
But the local police are instead investigating this as a “hate crime”.
Here is the local news station’s report
Did the definition of hate change on me and I miss it?