Has “The Matthew Shepard Act” or “The Hate Crimes bill” poped up anywhere on your computer or TV screen the last pair of weeks? Probably so.
But what you may not have heard is that it is pointless puffery. The concept is simple. If you punch someone in the face because you hate the smell of their colgone, you will be prosecuted for assault. But, if you punched that person in the face because that person was a part of some special group that has been deemed ‘protected’ than you will get prosecuted for special assault, which will make your punishment worse.
The hate crimes bill simply adds gays and lesbians to that long list of protected people (like those of different races or those who practice certain religions).
That is of little consequence to the lives of actual LGBT people in this country. First, the majority of states already have this same protection anyway. Second, it doesn’t actually do anything to deter that particular crime. Increased sentencing has little to zero effect on crime prevention. Third, it gives those opposed to all matters of gay equality a straw man to skewer. Opponents are right to criticize this legislation as a criminalization of thoughts. Motivation doesn’t matter in criminal law. Intent does. That is not a step we need to take in this country. Fourth, the ‘gay rights movement’ has wasted years and millions of dollars to get this nonsense jammed through the federal system. It is wasted time and money, because there are other issues that actually DO effect Americans daily. Same-sex couples are recognized as complete strangers in the federal system. Let’s change that. Gay American serrvicemembers are kicked out dishonorably from the military every day for no other reason than that they were born gay. Let’s change that.
Let’s not waste political capital passing bad legislation that barely affects anyone. It is fluffly over-the-top-politically-correct-hyper-liberal nonsense.