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    Teenager convicted for harassing Pagan

    It happened in England. I wonder if it could happen in, say Kentucky or Texas or Utah

    Teenager convicted for harassing Pagan

    The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, consistently provoked the female member of staff over her beliefs in what is understood to be the first case of its kind.

    A court heard how the defendant discovered through friends that his victim was a Pagan - a legally recognised religion - and then “jumped on the bandwagon”. He pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated harassment over a period of more than six weeks while she was at work at the restaurant.
    I do not think this was religious bias on the part of the teenager, more of an 'easy target' for a hormone-driven youth. His religious beliefs are not mentioned in the article.
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    Re: Teenager convicted for harassing Pagan

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    It happened in England. I wonder if it could happen in, say Kentucky or Texas or Utah
    Yes it can. Harrassment is illegal and it doesn't matter what the harrassment is about. Harrasment is harrassment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    I do not think this was religious bias on the part of the teenager, more of an 'easy target' for a hormone-driven youth. His religious beliefs are not mentioned in the article.
    Whether a person has religious beliefs or not does not mean that they cannot harrass someone that is a part of a group that they disagree with. Militant athiests do it all the time.
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    Re: Teenager convicted for harassing Pagan

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    It happened in England. I wonder if it could happen in, say Kentucky or Texas or Utah

    This may help.

    "Expressions of hate protected by the First Amendment's free speech clause are not criminalized. However, criminal activity motivated by hate is subject to a stiffer sentence. A defendant's sentence may be enhanced if he intentionally selects his victim based upon his perception of the vctim's race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender."


    Hate Crimes Laws

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