Friday, May 08, 2009

Let's Talk About HR1913

Also called 'Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.'

I have read such conflicting things. I am NOT a fan of "hate crime" legislation on its face...a crime is a crime --who cares what your motivation was. If I killed you because I didn't like that you had a shirt tucked in with no belt or because your skin was blue...what's the difference? You're still dead and I'm still getting the chair.

But this legislation is rumored to be packed with so much more than the 'mind reading' hate crime enforcement requires...

"...The intended effect is to silence reasonable and good people, and to quash any intelligent substantive debate on the normalization of homosexual or other “sexual orientations.” (Recall the excoriation of Miss California by Perez Hilton after she politely expressed her disagreement with same-sex marriage.)

It is important to underscore this point because silencing dissent and ad hominine arguments are standard tactics practiced in the name of stopping so-called “hate.” However, silencing dissent — antithetical to the First Amendment and true civil libertarians — is only a first step; the next move is criminally proscribing disagreement with the real threat of jail. This is precisely the intent of the Hate Crimes Bill, which the Senate will now consider....(This is the "Con" op-ed)

And HuffPo's Bil Browning (who starts his article by calling religious groups pn the right 'hate groups' offers this:
"...Thankfully, the religious right American Taliban groups were handed a spectacular defeat when Obama was voted in to office. Public opinion is shifting from the Bush-led "me-first-screw-the-other-guy" mentality that dominated the late 90s and early 2000s. A 2007 Gallup poll showed that 68% of Americans favored expanding hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. A 2007 Hart Research poll showed large majorities of every major subgroup of the electorate -- including such traditionally conservative groups as Republican men (56%) and evangelical Christians (63%) -- expressed support for strengthening hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

While these religious right orgs continue to bluster and bluff, Americans have turned the corner on their brand of exclusionary political dogma - and the hate groups like the Indiana Family Institute have to resort to lying with every sentence they speak..." (This is the "Pro" Op-Ed)

You can Read the Bill Here. just seems weird that hate crime bills can even be -even on all those silly day time judge shows, you hear "You can't tell me what someone else was thinking" about 10 times per episode from the judge...

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