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    Tancredo: Hate-crimes law: Another attack on free speech

    Hate-crimes law: Another attack on free speech
    Tom Tancredo
    Posted: October 24, 2009
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    The Senate has now passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act to add homosexuals and "transgendered" to the list of the officially designated victim groups. The House already approved the bill, and President Obama plans on signing it.

    I am against the idea of hate crimes to begin with. When it comes to murderers and rapists, I'm an egalitarian. No matter what race, religion, creed, or sexual preference of the perpetrator, I think we should throw the book at them.

    But we already have laws against violent crime. The only purpose of hate-crime legislation is to stifle politically incorrect speech. The left repeatedly claims that there is absolutely no way that these laws will be used to criminalize speech. Yet at the same time, they are claiming that conservatism fuels hate crimes.

    The open-borders lobby uses this tactic to silence opposition to illegal immigration by associating it with violence against Hispanics. Last year, Barack Obama blamed Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh for "feeding a kind of xenophobia" that is the "reason why hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year."

    Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., wrote a letter to the secretary of commerce complaining that he hears the words "'illegal-alien lobby,' 'amnesty agenda,' 'criminal illegal aliens' … broadcast on our nation's television, radio and Internet outlets," and demanded the Commerce Department produce a study of "the relationship between telecommunications and hate crimes."

    And we're not supposed to worry about hate-crimes legislation censoring free speech!

    While the Matthew Shepard Act adds yet another politically protected victim group, we need to expand the number of perpetrator groups when reporting hate crimes. What do I mean by this?

    Hate-crime statistics are compiled from the FBI's "Hate Crime Incident Report," which lists 21 different "bias motivations" such as anti-black, anti-Muslim, anti-Arab and anti-Hispanic.

    Oddly, under the current hate-crimes rules, the only category for criminals are Native American, White, Black, Asian and multiracial. So if a bunch of MS-13 gang members attack an African American, it's listed as "White on Black." If Arab Muslims spray paint a synagogue, it is "White on Jewish." But if a white attacks a Hispanic or Arab, it's listed as "White on Hispanic" or "White on Arab."

    A recent case in New York City shows both how illogical the FBI's categories are and how the left uses hate crimes to promote their agenda.

    On Oct. 13, Daniel Aleman and Daniel Rodriguez, both Hispanic, kicked and stomped on white gay man Jack Price while yelling anti-gay slurs … in Spanish. They put Price in a coma and broke his ribs and jaw.

    The left wasted no time exploiting the crime. Last Saturday, hundreds of gay-rights protesters marched alongside Democratic politicians to protest the attack (as if anyone supported it!).

    One of the speakers blamed the violence on the fact the Shepard Act had not passed yet and went on to "bet my last megaphone that these two young men were never educated about gay people. We need education in every single grade."

    Democrat City Councilman Tony Avella agreed and proposed that the city should appoint a "deputy mayor for human rights to educate kids" about homosexuality. He added, "The one thing that has to happen [to prevent hate crimes] is marriage equality so that people see that gays and lesbians are equal to everyone."

    The march was not about stopping violence, but promoting gay marriage and indoctrination in schools.

    And even though two Hispanics attacked a white, the FBI will report this as an "anti-gay" crime committed by whites. How ridiculous is that?


    In a similar case in 2008, two African-American men beat Jose Osvaldo Sucuzhana to death because they mistakenly though he was gay and yelled anti-gay slurs. The media obsessed over the race of the victim and ignored the race of the criminals. For good measure they blamed the attack on immigration-control advocates. But while the FBI will report Price's Hispanic attackers as whites, they reported Sucuzhana as a victim of "anti-Hispanic" violence.

    This reinforces the stereotypes that only white heterosexual males commit hate crimes, while all victims are from politically correct groups.

    We need to get beyond race and not obsess over these various categories. But if we are stuck with hate-crime laws, we should not let the left distort the statistics to demonize whites and censor conservatives.

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    We need to get beyond race and not obsess over these various categories.
    Most of Americans are beyond this, it's much of the msm that is fueling this imo. Divide and conquer perhaps?
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    This law is unconstituitional.

    I think one of the benefits to the gov't of the "Hate crimes bill" is so that when they are pushing Amnesty anyone that speaks out against illegals
    ( most of which are Hispanic) will be fined and/or given jail time.

    Some things about this mockery of justice they are calling law:

    This law says that if a Pregnant Asian women and a gay man is attacked in the same way, that the perpetrator of the attack on the gay man is more serious and will yield a higher punishment than the attack on the pregnant Asian women. This is inequality of law. Some citizens have more value than others, etc.

    This law also states that if a minister preaches that homosexuality is wrong and someone in the ministers congregation attacks a gay person, the perpetrator of the cime and the minister are equally guilty of the crime. What this really means is that Christians will not be allowed to teach the truth meaning of the bible. However, I doubt that the Muslim faith will be restricted as this is obama's favored group.
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    the list of the officially designated victim groups.
    Should include American Taxpayers who are being forced to subsidize the Illegal Alien Invasion!
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    What we need to get beyond is confusing hate with illegal aliens and the same with racial profiling....illegal has nothing to do with either, they are ways to keep from enforcing our laws! and I am sick of it!
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