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04/26/2007

Exploiting senseless tragedy: What could be more 'moral'?

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 8-38We told you last Friday about a religious leader who was trying to capitalize on the Virginia Tech tragedy, so as to justify his antipathy for LGBT-centric hate crimes legislation (HR 1592). Well today the Concerned Women For America have gone an extra, even more shameless step:

CWA: "Hate Crimes" - Unequal Protection Under the Law 4/26/2007

"Hate crimes" bill H.R. 1592, which is on the fast track to passage in Congress, will officially give homosexuals and cross dressers special elevated status in society based upon their chosen sexual behaviors and/or wardrobe.
Under H.R. 1592, the victims at Virginia Tech would officially be considered less valuable to society than homosexuals and cross dressers who are the targets of insults, intimidation, simple assault or other "violent acts."

The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees "equal protection under the law" for all citizens - regardless of their sexual preference. "Hate crimes" legislation flies in the face of the 14th Amendment. Such legislation
would require the government to invest more resources in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against homosexuals than it would the victims at Virginia Tech. It is an irrefutable fact that H.R. 1592 would treat certain citizens unequally from others.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) asks Congress to grant equal government resources, concern and respect to the victims at Virginia Tech and their families as they do the demands of liberal homosexual activists by reaffirming the precepts of the 14th Amendment and voting NO on this dangerous and discriminatory piece of legislation.

"If Seung-Hui Cho's horrific actions were not an act of 'hate,' then what where they?" asked Matt Barber, Policy Director for Cultural Issues with CWA. "All violent crimes are 'hate crimes.' By H.R. 1592's definition, Cho's actions would have constituted a 'hate crime' except for the fact that he targeted his victims with the wrong kind of bias. In this case, Cho 'perceived' his victims to be 'rich kids.' However, under H.R. 1592, 'rich kids' are not a specially protected class like homosexuals, so Cho's crime is second tier and would be considered less egregious.

"The FBI's latest statistics show that there were zero 'hate crimes' murders committed against homosexuals or those perceived to be homosexual in 2005; yet we already know of thirty-two so-called 'hate crimes' murders committed against perceived 'rich kids' in a single day. But under H.R. 1592, those 'rich kids' would shamefully be denied the same protections and justice as homosexuals. The whole 'hate crimes' concept really places logic and reason on its head," concluded Barber.

Now, we already said everything we needed to say about this unbelievably offensive VA Tech/ gay hate crimes linkage in our rather lengthy piece from last week. That being the case, we will at this time simply ask of Matt Barber and Sarah Rode (the author of this press release): "You sleep at night how?"

CWA: "Hate Crimes" - Unequal Protection Under the Law [CWA]

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Your thoughts

The most offensive scare quotes ever:

other "violent acts."

How dare they relegate us and the violence against us into obscurity. As though truly horrible violent acts aren't committed against us! The Nerve!

Posted by: Daimeon | Apr 26, 2007 6:33:19 PM


2005 FBI HATE CRIME STATS
Latest Figures Now Online 10/16/06

Here are more key national numbers: >…
Total offenses: 8,380 … Total victims: 8,804 … Total known offenders: 6,804 … Most frequent property crime: Damage/vandalism (81.3%) … Most common motivation: Race (54.7%) … Location of most incidents: At home (30%) … Total murders: 6

http://www.fbi.gov/page2/oct2006/hatecrime101606.htm

Posted by: j | Apr 27, 2007 12:46:02 AM

some other glbt hate crimes statistics:
http://www.gender.org/remember/day/who.html

Posted by: j | Apr 27, 2007 1:05:18 AM

Say what you want, but you cannot refute that fact that hate crime legislation is a violation of the 14th amendment! Government cannot pick and choose who is more valuable in society. I am a gay person, and I tell you the constitution is more important than petty activism.

Posted by: ConstitutionFirst | Mar 4, 2008 9:53:09 PM

Then ConstitutionFirst, clearly you have bought into the right wing spin on hate crimes legislation rather than the actual facts.

And if you think pushing for adequate solutions to the hate crimes problem is nothing more than "petty activism," then you are fortunate enough to have never been privy to an inadequately investigated bias-motivated incident. Not all of us have been so lucky.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 4, 2008 9:56:21 PM

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