Was That a Hate Crime? - 2008-02-12
A spokesperson for the Church of Scientology labelled Sunday's protest outside its office at Yonge & St Mary -- part of a worldwide series of protests -- a "religious hate crime" and said that the "hate crimes of Anonymous should be condemned," as reported in Torontoist, CTV and the Toronto Sun, among others.
That got us thinking. Accusing someone of a "hate crime" is pretty damning. Are the protestors guilty of it? Our preliminary answer, based on the facts known to us: probably -- and almost certainly -- not.