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Christian leaders oppose new hate crimes bill

Original post made by Yay, The Greenhouse, on May 5, 2007

Christians are depicting measure as a "thought crimes" bill attacking 1st Amendment freedoms of speech and religion. A coalition of evangelical, fundamentalist and black religious leaders is mounting a furious assault on the bill, airing television ads and mobilizing members to stop its progress.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 6, 2007 at 4:22 am

A crime stands on its own two feet. The problem with hate crime legislation is that it is not rationally charged. Apparently the only one capable of commiting a hate crime is a white conservative male. This bill is entry to the thought police.


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Posted by Draw the Line
a resident of Stanford
on May 6, 2007 at 7:15 am

I hate legislation which makes one victim more valuable than another on the basis of mindreading the intent of the perp. Killing a human should have the same penalty, regardless of the color, gender, religion, sexual orientation etc of the victim.

We have already set it up so that multiracial families have members who are more valuable in society's eyes than other members. Now we are adding to the list.

And, in addition, it involves "thought crime". Somebody has to discern if the murderer was just thinking "I hate you" of if the murderer was thinking " I hate you because you are white" or "I hate you because you are straight".

NO THANKS. I hate Hate Crime legislation. 1984 I don't want.


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Posted by Draw the Line
a resident of Stanford
on May 9, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Forgot to mention that this is FEDERALIZING a State issue, also.

Yuk.