Feb 25, 2017
Even though "Faith Crime" is not a term you can find in a law
book, they do happen. Faith Crimes are those acts which a
reasonable person should be able to see might destroy another
person's faith. This goes beyond any question of religion,
denomination, or deity.
One form of faith crime is interference with a person's free exercise of their faith, especially if the perpetrator could reasonably see that it might damage the person's faith. Routinely interrupting someone's prayers might be an example, as would a base chaplain prohibiting a particular faith's services in the absence of a military chaplain of that faith.
Another form of faith crime is putting words in the mouths of deities, especially when there is no legitimate basis for such a statement. Telling a three-year-old girl that her beloved daddy died because of "God's will" is as wrong as claiming that Jesus wants a particular candidate elected!
Yes, there is some overlap between the two types of faith crimes. Nevertheless, they are crimes against people.