Beard-Cutting Case Tests Limits of Hate Crime Law : NPR
Dettelbach says the application of hate crime law to this case may be untested, but it springs from a very basic American value.
“This country has been founded on a principle that what doesn’t happen is that you don’t get a knock on your door in the middle of the night and a bunch of people seeking to attack you because of where you pray, how you pray and who you want to pray to,” he says.
And praying is a key issue here. Another question hanging over this trial is whether the hate crime statute can be used in a case where both sides are members of the same religious group.