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.
Outrageous: an Indiana synagogue was vandalized with Nazi graffiti. We stand in solidarity with Congregation Shaarey Tefilla and the Jewish community of Carmel, Indiana. pic.twitter.com/WvIc516slp
— AJC (@AJCGlobal) July 29, 2018
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 Carmel Indiana synagogue that was vandalized with nazi graffiti last night — covering the vandalism with tarp to “preserve evidence” ahead of incoming rain/storms. This is sick. If you know who did this- call police. @WISH_TV pic.twitter.com/PJY031JHW5
— Jenny Dreasler (@JennyDreaslerTV) July 29, 2018
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?”
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?
— Karen Otolski (@itsmekareno) July 29, 2018
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.
So one night a group of Islamist vandalized their church for a hate crimes law to pass Even if this is fake, 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. Stand together
— Hot Saltine Hack (@johngould_99) July 29, 2018
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.
Hate is not Hoosier. If you want to help advocate for a hate crime law in Indiana, let’s talk. We need you. https://t.co/BwAuk2Uk5V
— Peg McLeish (@PegMcleish) July 29, 2018
It is infuriating to see this type of hatred in our community. Indiana remains 1 of 5 states without a Hate Crimes law – it is time for a change. We owe it to our neighbors. https://t.co/7zufYrKjcI
— Naomi Bechtold (@NaomiBechtold) July 30, 2018