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Nazi Flags on Synagogue Wall in Indiana, a State Lacking Hate Crime Laws, Sparks Massive Fury and Criticism



Nazi symbols on the walls of a synagogue in Indiana sparked criticism in social media and public. The critics believe that there is no strict law regarding hate speech and fascism in state legislation.

The controversies broke out after a group of unknown people spray-painted Nazi signs in at the refuse disposal shed wall of a synagogue in Hamilton County, Indiana. The transgressors pasted Nazi flags and iron cross graffiti on a wall which is the zone for storage of trash cans.

Following the incident, the local police was notified and investigations regarding the issue started. The officials at the synagogue claim there is no relation between the Jewish Community and the Nazi signs.

The city municipality announced in a statement that the investigations on the issue had already started. Jim Brainard, the city mayor, said, “These images that represent the ideas that led to those [Holocaust] crimes are not reflective of what our City stands for.”

The wide criticism led to the vice president’s reaction to the incident. Mike pence said that he was “sickened and appalled by the cowardly act of vandalism.” Many other politicians also joined Pence in condemning the offence.

Indiana Governor urged police to follow the case meticulously and called for a collaboration with FBI to exert “the fullest extent of our law”.

Social media users, however, remained unsatisfied by the measure criticizing the state for lacking hate crime laws. Indiana is among the five US states in which legislations for hate crimes has not been made. The critics believe vandalism is not the appropriate prosecution for such a big crime.

The bill for hate crime legislature was dropped in January. The issue will not be addressed until 2019. A twitter user, referring to the state’s hate crime laws, wrote, “Thank you for your statements, Governor. But ‘the fullest extent of our law does not include a hate-crimes statute. When will you stand up for that? Forty-five other states have hate-crimes laws, but Indiana does not. Will you work to remedy?”

Another social media activist also noted:

Indiana needs a hate crimes law because as a member of the LGBT I have been targeted for my lifestyle and that’s not a hoax Instead of attacking each other.

Multiple other users also slammed the lack of hate crime laws and also referred to the synagogue as a fertile ground for these hate speech.