Hate crimes-- the entire idea strikes me as absurd.
Victim A is murdered, and Perpetrator B is convicted. This is all that should be considered. Why does it matter if the victim is a homosexual? Why does it matter if the victim is a woman, or disabled?
Isn't murder, murder? Should there be "special" murders? What does the motivation for murder, have to do with the level of punishment one receives?
This subject comes to mind because the House has just passed revised "hate crimes" legislation.
WASHINGTON â€” The House voted by a wide margin on Thursday to expand the definition of violent federal hate crimes to cover those committed because of a victimâ€™s gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
If anyone thinks they can give me a rational, logical, step by step reasoning to justify "hate crimes," by all means, give it a shot-- I'd love to see it attempted.