Hate Crimes: Reid All About It

From the Family Research Council.

“Yesterday, in an effort to appease homosexual activists and fellow Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed for cloture on Amendment 3035 to the Defense Authorization bill that would give the federal government jurisdiction over virtually every purported “hate crime”–regardless of whether states seek federal involvement. The provision also adds “sexual orientation” and “perceived gender identity” to the list of “hate crimes” already covered by federal law. Reid’s action essentially means that a vote on “hate crimes” could happen any day. Sen. Kennedy showed an amazing lack of knowledge of both the U.S. Constitution and the current war on terror when he ambled to the floor to praise Sen. Reid’s move. The Massachusetts senator stated that the “hate crimes” legislation is a perfect fit for the defense bill since it fights “terrorism” on our own shores. But let’s get a few things straight. First, acts of terror are acts of war, while acts of violence (such as those described under the “hate crimes” law) are criminal acts. As such, these crimes are already pursued and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law–making federal legislation both redundant and onerous. The amendment under debate would create a tiered system of justice, where certain citizens are given special protection while others are not. Please call the Capitol switchboard today at (202) 224-3121 and ask your senators to vote “no” on Amendment 3035. Remind them that Constitution guarantees justice for ALL, not a privileged few.”


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