Friday, April 4, 2008

Hate crimes against smokers

Most people are unaware of how successful the anti-smoker brigade’s campaign to dehumanize smokers has been. An article in a Welsh newspaper, ICWales, dated Mar 19, 2008 demonstrates just how successful.

Summarized, the article says a non-smoker was jailed for two years for attacking a man who refused to stub out a cigarette. Robert Russo, 35, demanded Glyn Robbins, 56, stop smoking while they were waiting at a bus stop. When Mr. Robbins refused, Russo thought he was being rude.

Russo then punched him in the face and kneed him as he fell to the floor. Surveillance camera footage showed Russo kicking Robbins as he lay on the floor of the shelter bleeding from the nose and ear after the attack at Cardiff Central bus station.

A witness called police and Russo was arrested.

Russo told police, “I told him to stop smoking and I thought he was going to have a go at me so I hit him.”

But, the asshole didn’t just hit him. He punched him, knocked him to the ground and then kicked the shit out of him as he lay there bleeding. In my mind, that makes him a whole lot more than a non-smoker; it makes him a rabid anti-smoker fanatic and a cowardly tyrant. And, just who in the hell gave him the right to order smokers to butt out or the authority to punish smokers who might refuse to obey his unlawful commands?

But, the real kicker in the story is that Robbins had not, in fact, refused to butt out, nor was he being rude; he was a deaf mute.

That article ends with the simple statement that, “Robert Russo, of Snowden Road, Ely, Cardiff, admitted wounding with intent and unlawful wounding.”

In other words he pleaded guilty to a contemptible act of violence on a fellow human being simply because, in his eyes, Robbins was of that vile, loathsome class of people called smokers. Two years is not enough; the vicious bastard should have been given another two years for an unprovoked hate crime.

The tyrannical anti-smoker brigade and their followers should be proud. But, they’ll probably try and tell the world that the “de-normalization” of smokers is for their own good.

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