Interesting perspective on violence and law from an Assistant Attorney General

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) is holding hearings in the US Senate Judiciary committee to highlight the imagined threat of “Muslim intolerance.” No, it’s not intolerance BY Muslims, which I guess by now is so commonplace we don’t need to waste congressional time discussing the phenomenon. It’s actually intolerance OF Muslims, which is so widespread that hate crimes against Jews are only 8 times more frequent than those against Muslims.

One of the folks testifying today was Thomas Perez, the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, and here is what he had to say:

Thomas Perez, the assistant attorney general for civil rights, told the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing: “We continue to see a steady stream of violence against Muslims… The good news is that with each wave of intolerance, our nation has responded by passing news [sic] laws.” (http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.ee42b30b062f3a020db1e9b5b6e68f0e.6e1&show_article=1)

I would have thought that an even better response would be to enforce the laws already on the books. Isn’t “violence against Muslims” (or anyone else, for that matter) already illegal? Or are the perpetrators of this violence such criminal geniuses that they are finding loopholes by which they can instigate “violence against Muslims” with no fear of legal retribution? Presumably, these loopholes do not apply to “violence against Jews” since we don’t seem to need new laws to respond to THAT particular phenomenon, which occurs far more often.

This is all so confusing. I guess I’m just not clever enough to be a high-powered government bureaucrat like Thomas Perez.