U.S. hate crime bills/laws
Reaction to the 2009 U.S. hate-crime
As of 2009-JUL-20:
|H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes
Prevention Act of 2009 (LLEHCPA), was passed by the House.|
|The corresponding bill S. 909 with the same name -- popularly referred to as the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (MSHCPA) -- was passed by the Senate. 1|
This is merely the latest hate crime bill to be introduced to Congress. None of the nine similar bills that have been introduced since 1999 have succeeded. However, this one is strongly supported by President Obama and may become law.
It would update the federal hate crimes act of 1968. That law has applied only to certain violent hate crimes motivated a hatred of a victim's color, race, national origin or religion. LLEHCPA would add four new protected classes: sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability to the list. It would also broaden the locations where the law can be applied.
|What the bill says. Conservative
1. Conspiracy charges; 2. definition of sexual orientation
3: Special privileges; 4: Limits on hate speech;|
5: Bill not needed.
|Additional concerns about free speech, equal justice,
|Analysis of article by James Williamson, a lawyer from Tulsa, OK|
|Coverage of the 2009 hate crime bill by the conservative media|
|U.S. hate-crimes statistics|
|Specific quotations by religious and social conservatives on the 2007 bill|
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Copyright © 2007 to 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
First posted: 2007-APR-18
Latest update: 2009-JUL-22
Author: B.A. Robinson
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