Joined: Feb. 2006
Yeah, that website's not exactly a mystery. Rather than quoting the FBI, though, I prefer the summary of the statute:
|"a crime in which the defendant intentionally selects a victim, or in the case of a property crime, the property that is the object of the crime, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation of any person."|
Note that a hate crime involves two parts:
1. a crime must have been committed
2. the motivation for that crime was due to religion etc
Acceptance of the Host and removal from the Church can not be a hate crime unless it is first a property crime.
The hate crime statute in itself does not turn non-criminal behavior into criminal behavior, though individual laws against certain hate crimes (cross burning, for instance), very well may.
You might have a shot at demonstrating that the Church was defrauded of a cracker worth a penny or so, civil fraud, but good luck with your criminal charges.
I'd love to see an criminal indictment - "failure to eat cracker" ... "forgot to think of all the starving children in China" ...