Hate Crime and Christianity
I oppose hate crime legislation. I believe that the crime itself should be punished, not the motivation. Criminals who severely beat people in an act of robbery deserve no less punishment than criminals who severely beat people for their skin color or sexual preference or whatever.
The federal hate crime legislation has ignited a fire in the Christian community. They propagate the meme that pastors will no longer be allowed to preach the biblical injunction against homosexuality. To do so, they fear, will lead to their arrest and prosecution under the federal hate crime legislation.
Take a look at what they have to say:
What I do not understand is how hate crime legislation, which requires a crime against a person to take place before it is applicable, can be seen as a threat to their absolutely guaranteed right to say whatever they want to say about gays. The First Amendment is my favorite, and I would defend the most bigoted homophobe’s right to denounce gays for whatever reason. So would the ACLU.
In short, I think the law sucks, but not for the reason these people say it sucks. Not even close.