Wednesday, October 28, 2009

More Change We Can Believe In

From an e-mail from Sen. Patrick Leahy:

"In July, I asked you to urge my congressional colleagues to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to tackle the scourge of hate crime in America. Thanks to the efforts of more than 10,000 activists, this long-overdue anti-hate crime legislation is finally law.

That's why I introduced the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act to strengthen federal anti-hate crime laws to cover crimes motivated by gender, disability status, or sexual orientation.

Last week the Senate passed it as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act, and I was proud to visit the White House to witness President Obama signing it into law earlier today."

Thank you, Senator Leahy, and thank you, President Obama.

Anyone who thinks this would have happened under President Saint McCain, and Boehner and McConnell- well they're crazy.


magpie said...

I read about this...

Why was it associated with the Defence Authorisation Act?(which was also a good thing, by the way)

I don't quite understand that point of procedure.

Green Eagle said...

The Democrats could only get the Republican pigs to vote for it by attaching it to a bill that they were afraid to vote against.

This is a trick the Republicans have used for years to get much of their slimy legislation passed. I didn't like it then, and I don't really like it now, but at least this time the result was good.

Poll P. said...

The I ching says something like "Tie your wish to a bamboo shoot"--the point being that it helps to associate your cause with something that going to grow strong and fast--like a defense bill.

Derek said...

Why don't people ever ask the question: "Is this constitutional?"

People need to realize that all crimes are committed out of hate, and that hate crime legislation does nothing but separate us further.

From a constitutional standpoint, hate crime legislation is unconstitutional as it lifts certain groups above others (equal justice under the law, what's that?). I wrote about this awhile back.

Also, by punishing for "hate", the state starts to criminalize thought, a blatant violation of the 1st amendment.

exit question: If a gay kills a baptist anti-gay marriage activist, is this a hate crime?