Hating on Hate Crime Legislation

President Bush is about to use hid veto pin again, this time on a bill that would expand the definition of “hate crime” to crimes based on sexual orientation and gender. My initial reaction was good for him! “Hate crimes” legislation is an affront to the idea of equality under the law. In other words, those who murder someone for a reason other than race deserve lighter sentences.

Then Roger Abramson pointed out that Bush is generally in favor of federal “hate crimes” laws, just not those based on gender or sexual orientation (I’m guessing mostly the latter). A shame.

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