Church arson should have a harsher punishment because it is not only church arson it is a hate crime. If some want to be technical still it is arson and a hate crime. When you live in a society where the Blind leads the blind it is hard to have 20/20 vision, the only way to see clearly is through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior He paid for our sins upon the Cross; He loves all and forgives all. :)
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Yes, people who commit church arson should be given harsher sentences, because they have insulted the community in multiple ways. Not only have they committed arson, but they have desecrated a house of worship. Those are two separate concerns and should be taken very seriously when determining the punishment for the offender.
People who commit church arson should receive a harsher sentence. This would be considered a hate crime. People who burn down church buildings are making a statement. It is a statement of hate against the religion that is being practiced in that church building. Hardworking people are donating their money to keep churches functioning. Arson is arson. Burning down a church building is a statement.
Church arson should be legally defined differently from regular arson on residential or business properties because it may constitute as a religious hate crime. Identified as such, the nature of the crime should be regarded as an attack on a particular protected class or institution and so the penalty should be harsher, yes.
I believe the person should be punished under the standard penalties that have been established for arson, I think it would be dangerous to be punishing people harsher for committing it against a certain organization such a church, I believe arson is already a terrible crime we don't need different tiered sentences depending on what is burned down.