How can you pass legislation that punishes a person based on how he/she felt at the time of the crime? That is why the standard of law should be: “What did this person do that was a harm to others or himself, and was that behavior against the law?” Period.
Congress is so out of control it is unbelievable. Everyone one of them, except those who are for limited Federal government, needs to be voted out of office. Then we vote in people who understand how to govern our country.
Yoo mus’ be racis’...
Hate Crime = Thought Crime
Are hate crimes any worse than others?
The basic truth is all crime is nurtured by hate.
A Husband kills his wife and kids.At some point he loved them.How could he now kill them unless the opposite was true,he now hates them.
The bank robber hates that everyone has more then he does and his hate tells him the easy way to change that is to rob a bank.
The current HATE CRIME laws are not about crime reduction or about law.They are about re-eduction of the poeple to moralities that previosly were unacceptable to society.Hate Crimes laws are Politic Laws not Crime Laws...
Hitler would have been proud.
Hate crime equals thought crime.
Orwell was a prophet of sorts.
I am very afraid.
YES........ if you are accused of committing one.
Will this be used on the type of thugs that beat up reginald denny after the rodney king arrest? Nooooo... They will use it on a little old lady that mutters something under her breath to a TSA “employee” at your local airport, who says “Whut u call me?”. Or the man who accidentally runs over a jaywalker and because it was on the southside...
....it will be interesting to see how this would be enforced with non violent crime....say a straight lawyer embezzles from a queer’s trust fund....or a car thief steals a queer’s vehicle....or a neighbor complains about a loud party at a queer’s home....are these hate crimes?
If this passes, I recommend Barack and Michelle be the first two prosecuted under the law. Their words and actions show indisputable “hate” for America and the things that make her great....
Hate crime laws are the tools of hatred by hateful hate-mongers.
My take is pretty much like Harvey Keitel’s in the US version of “Life on Mars”:
“A hate crime? As opposed to a ‘I really, really like you’ crime?”
OJ would have been spending the rest of his life in jail for murder if he had been white and the victims "special".
Of course they’re worse than any other crime!
Mathew Sheppard is deader than he would have been if those anti-homosexual, racists who murdered him while screaming “I HATE FAGS!!!!” than he would have been if he had just been murdered by another homosexual, or in a drug deal gone bad...
Huh? It was a drug deal gone bad? Oh, never mind.
Odd that they’d name it for the victim of a drug deal gone bad.
There is no such thing as a hate crime. Any such legislation is complete Barbra Streisand.