President Bush should back off his ill-advised veto threat and clear the way for a long-overdue expansion of the federal hate-crimes
Still, even though some states have hate-crimes
laws, what happens after the laws are passed is that [law enforcement] often doesn't have a strategy for actually making the law successful.
According to the March 18th issue of The Advocate, Republican supporters in the Senate of homosexual "rights," including Oregon Senator Gordon Smith, "say passage of a hate-crimes
bill would be the best way to prove that Republicans aren't bigots" in the wake of the Trent Lott fiasco.
Shepard] died in a coma yesterday, in a state without a hate-crimes
We'll be helping disability groups understand and identify hate crimes, and we'll be working to make police departments and law-enforcement agencies more knowledgeable about disability and sensitive to disabled people," says James Nolan, the coordinator of hate-crimes
training programs for the FBI.
House of Representatives kill a hate-crimes
bill just one week after a bipartisan vote recommended its passage?
House Republican leaders object to lumping the hate-crimes
provision in with the "must-pass" 2005 defense authorization bill.
to Washington, the immediate political response to Matthew Shepard's murder was a call for hate-crimes
statutes that included protections based on sexual orientation.
Years ago, when I first heard about hate-crimes
legislation, I could not believe my ears and thought to myself that no rational, logical person would go for this.