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Last Monday, the Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth, MN, was burned down:
Investigators have no indication that the suspect, Matthew Amiot, was motivated by hate or bias, Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said in a Sunday news conference. He did not provide an alternative motive but said the investigation remains ongoing.
The label of “hate crime” has bothered me for years. Does anyone care, when someone commits a hateful act, whether they did it out of hate or not? When arson is committed, people can die; psyches are damaged by these actions. In researching the origin of the legislation for hate crimes, I made some intriguing and disturbing discoveries.