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Civil rights concerns about these laws.
Arguments about hate crime legislation -- pro and con: In opposition to hate crime legislation In support of hate crime legislation The legislation is not needed.
Protecting a group under hate crimes legislation will make the public aware that the group is vulnerable, has been extensively victimized in the past, and is in need of protection.
Many victims have been attacked by strangers because of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability status in the past.
These are particularly heinous crimes. Legislation should be expanded to cover them. American justice is based on the principle that everyone is treated identically.
But if hate crimes legislation is passed, then the perpetrators of two identical crimes would receive different sentences, depending upon some characteristic of the victim e. A hate crime is more serious than a conventional crime because it abuses more than the immediate victim.
When a criminal act is based on a factors such as a victim's race, gender, sexual orientation or religion, it takes on some of the characteristics of a terrorist act.
The victim and the perpetrator are typically strangers. The crime is not directed simply against one person; it is intended to target and intimidate the victim's entire group. These acts have been referred to as "message crimes: It will advance their claim that homosexual behavior is normal and natural.
But the law would protect more than gays and lesbians. It would protect persons of all sexual orientations: In earlier decades, civil rights legislation had a chilling effect on racial bigotry in the U. The long range effects of including sexual orientation in hate crimes legislation will probably significantly reduce homophobia within the country.
Federal hate crime legislation would increase federal government participation in law enforcement. Sometimes local prejudices prevent bigots who target specific groups from receiving a proper trial and sentence. Such legislation would infringe on freedom of speech.
If an individual's sexual orientation is a federally protected civil right, the logical conclusion is that moral, religious, or personal beliefs about certain behaviors would be criminalized. The freedoms of conscience and speech would be lost. Beliefs, thoughts, and speech would be criminalized.
In order for hate crime legislation to be applied in a specific case, a criminal act must first be committed. Preaching hatred against a particular group of people such as JewsAfrican-Americans, women, Romagays, lesbiansetc, or stating that God hates a specific group of people have always been protected forms of speech.
Such speech is in no way a criminal act. Freedom of speech is protected under the First Amendment of the U. Willfully inflicting harm on another human being based on hate is not protected free speech.I highly recommend this book, along with Robert Spitzer's "Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom, and the Life Issues," for philosophical arguments against abortion.
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