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10/28/2008

Ground that we wish we weren't gaining

by Jeremy Hooper

This from the AP:

WASHINGTON – Hate crimes incidents decreased slightly last year despite a surge in those targeting gays and lesbians.

The FBI reported more than 7,600 hate crimes incidents in 2007, down about 1 percent from the previous year. The decline was driven by decreases in the two largest categories of hate crimes — crimes against race and religion.

But incidents linked to prejudice against sexual orientation, the third-largest category, increased about 6 percent, the report found.

FBI: Hate crime down in 2007 but anti-gay crime up [AP via Yahoo!]

So remember this the next time Congress is debating hate crimes legislation and all of the social conservatives are all like, "Huh? Gays get targeted? What? Get outta here! That's crazy! We're talking about gays, right? You mean gay PEOPLE? That's who you mean? They catch crap for being gay? Really? Lesbians too? Seriously? Nah, you have to be pulling my leg! Where's the proof?"

Because the issue of LGBT hate crimes protections will inevitably be debated again, and it's a near certainty that the "pro-family" troops will totally play dumb while making all sorts of "special rights" claims. it's time for the public to rise up and show them that their blind eye is not only annoying -- it's also dangerous!

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