It is expected that the House Judiciary Committee will pass federal hate crimes legislation today, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of federally protected classes.
The fear among many, of course, is that this will be the cover for prosecuting who speak biblical truth about sodomy, as has, in fact, happened in other countries with similar legislation.
“Violent crime is already illegal and there are already penalties available – a gradient of penalties based on severity,” said Matt Barber, director of cultural policy for Liberty Counsel, a religious rights organization. “What’s more,” he said, “every American currently, regardless of their sexual preference, is guaranteed the same equal protection under the law.” What hate-crimes laws do, Barber said, is “take the focus off the crime itself and instead puts the focus on the opinion of the alleged perpetrator.”
My question is this...aren't all violent crimes prompted by hatred? Who has ever thought, "I love that person so much I am going to kill her?" Has anyone ever beaten someone up out of charity? "Hey, that person over there needs a beating, and since I have two good hands and a tire iron, I think I'll just go over there and help him out." All crimes of violence are prompted by hatred. Does it really matter whether the perpetrator hates for a particular reason?