U.S. hate crime bills/laws
Reaction to the 2009 U.S. hate-crime
by conservative Christian groups
Review of the proposed federal hate crimes legislation:
As of 2009-JUL-20:
H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes
Prevention Act of 2009 (LLEHCPA), was passed by the House.
bill S. 909 with the same name -- popularly referred to as the Matthew
Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (MSHCPA) -- was passed by the
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
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.
Topics covered in this section:
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
"H.R. 1582," text, at: http://thomas.loc.gov/
Text etc. of the "Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act," Thomas, at:
Copyright © 2007 to 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
First posted: 2007-APR-18
Latest update: 2009-JUL-22
Author: B.A. Robinson