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07/20/2009

Sessions of unnecessary 'hate' debate: AL Sen. seeks last-ditch derail

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 5-216Sen. Jeff Sessions (Far R-AL), fresh from his attempts to kill Judge Sonia Sotomayor's credibility, is now attempting to kill LGBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation. This from HRC Back Story:

While the Matthew Shepard Act amendment was successfully adopted on Thursday, three other amendments related to hate crimes will be debated on Monday. HRC staff has now reviewed these three last minute amendments from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and believes that they are unnecessary, unhelpful and should not be adopted.

So what are the three amendments? The first Sessions Amendment would allow the death penalty to be applied in hate crimes cases under some circumstances. This Amendment is unnecessary and is a poison pill designed to kill the bill. The Amendment is being offered by and supported by Senators who oppose the Matthew Shepard Act. It’s ironic that the very Senators who have falsely argued that this bill would put clergy in jail because of their beliefs think that those same clergy should be subject to the death penalty....

KEEP READING: Senate Should Vote Down Hate Crime Amendments from Sen. Sessions [HRC Back Story]

They will never, ever, ever give up. Neither can we.

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Your thoughts

Sessions knows that he's already (considered to be) a racist so he may feel he has less to lose than others by pulling stunts like the Sotomayor hearings and this one. He's basically become the all-purpose bigot mouthpiece in the Senate, because he only plays to the most evil base of the GOP, which is the majority in Alabama.

Posted by: Bruno | Jul 20, 2009 12:26:57 PM

And, he could get away with it in the Sotamayor hearings, because his response to being called a racist would be to affirm that being a racist kept him from a federal bench, ergo... Of course, in his case the evidence was much more voluminous and damning, but to the bigoted hordes that his taint resounds with, that wouldn't have mattered.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 20, 2009 2:56:42 PM

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