Tag: Hate Crimes Legislation

Hate Crimes Go Under Punished and Result in More Crime.

You may remember the 2006 convictions of Pete Billiot and Dwayne Adam Racine for the attack of a black offshore worker, but it’s likely you don’t. The story received some national media coverage, but as is the case with most hate crimes, it wasn’t enough. We can all grimace when someone murders another person regardless of the motivation, but when the motivation is bias or prejudice because of the persons race, creed, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, it’s particularly painful, particularly to members of that “suspect class.” Lots of thoughts race through the minds of those that could have been attacked and/or murder because of the same violent biases.

There have been many cases wherein those that commit such crimes get nothing more than a slap on the wrist. In fact, a recent case of murder resulted in a full acquittal of the charge against the admitted murderer simply because he was motivated to kill a queer man after the man hit on him.


September 15, 2009 0

Hate Crimes Legislation: Obama, won’t you buy me an F22?

The Hate Crimes Bill has, at long last, passed the Senate. Hooray! Wait, what? Obama might veto it? That’s right folks. Why? Because Republicans added 1.5 billion dollars for F22’s. Those would-be state of the art military jets.

Let me just get this off my chest first. I have no clue what those two things have to do with each other. Yet, we all know, that passing legislation is a game of “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” It’s never really been about what citizens deserve. It’s all about special interests and party allegiance. What I’m trying to say is, crazy or stupid, like it or not, this is how our government works. Heck, I’m ready to tie same-sex marriage to a new Star Wars program. Why not?


July 20, 2009 3

What Do Hate Crimes and Travel Promotion Have in Common?

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what hate crimes and the promotion of tourism into the United States have to do with each other. However, as is being reported via an “unnamed source” by way of the Washington Blade, Americablog and Pam’s House Blend, The United States Senate has deemed adding the current Hate Crimes Bill as an Amendment to S. 1023, also known as the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, proper.

The purpose of S. 1023 is “to establish a non-profit corporation to communicate United States entry policies and otherwise promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States.”


June 15, 2009 1

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Under Federal Hate Crimes, Church Will Be Responsible for Gay Bashing Parishioners

In another article full of misleading, inaccurate information [o.k. lies] the Church Executive is reporting that Hate Crimes legislation on the federal level will lead to the prosecution of those expressing the opinion that homosexuality is a sin.

“But the 1,400-member National Religious Broadcasters says Christian broadcasters and even pastors covering culturally unpopular views, such as preaching homosexuality as sin, could face prosecution just for expressing their religious views because their teachings could be blamed for inciting violence.”


May 18, 2009 0

Kay Bailey Hutchison Says No to Civil Rights (not just gays either!)

The Senator from Texas, who hopes to win over voters and become the next Governor of Texas in 2010, has a history of voting against legislation regarding civil equality. In fact, the ACLU scores the senator at only 25% when it comes to her voting record on civil rights, the Human Rights Campaign scored her at 0%, and the NAACP scored her at only 18%. Here’s a snippet of her record:

Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (S. J. Res. 1)
Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (S. 625, 2002 and S.2549, 2000)
Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business.(S.1173, 1997)
Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (HR 3396, 1996)
Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (S. 2056, 1996)
Voted YES on loosening restrictions for cell phone wiretapping. (S. 1510, 2001)


May 8, 2009 4

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: If Gays Stayed in the Closet – We Wouldn’t Kill Them

Virginia Foxx wasn’t the only person to say something stupid on the House floor during debates about Hate Crimes Legislation. Foxx, who now infamously referred to Matthew Shepard’s murder as a “hoax,” may have sunk to an all new low, but Iowa Rep., Steve King, actually felt there was a great way to prevent hate crimes – don’t act gay. While speaking, he stated:

If you keep those things private, there can be no discrimination. And that’s what I submit is the right thing to do when it comes to sexuality, Mr. Speaker.


May 6, 2009 1

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Hate Crimes Legislation Will Protect Incest and Pedophilia

I haven’t done a “Stupid Things People Say About Gays” in a while. Lots has been happening, but there’s certainly no shortage of stupid things people are saying. Here’s the latest from the AFA (American [heterosexual only] Family Association):

Congress is set to give legally protected status to 30 sexual orientations, including incest. Because of pressure from homosexual groups, Congress has refused to define what is meant by sexual orientation in H.R. 1913, the “Hate Crimes” bill. This means that the 30 different sexual orientations will be federally protected classes.


April 28, 2009 2

Priority of Hate Crimes Legislation

Perhaps as if in response to the poll and post yesterday on jaysays and discussions during the 2009 Twitter Town Hall Meeting for LGBT Activists, the HRC released an action alert today which states…


April 21, 2009 1

LGBT Activist Debate: Which Right is Priority?

During the April 20, 2009 Twitter Town Hall Meeting for LGBTQ activists and allies, an interesting debate was raised, essentially asking, should LGBTQ activists put all their resources toward one right at a time such as Marriage Equality or Employment Non-Discrimination, or continue to pour our resources into all aspects of Civil Rights?


April 20, 2009 1

Gay Bashing at a Sports Bar: What Would You Do?

ABC News recently aired filmed “What Would You Do?” In it, ABC hired two openly gay male actors, one heterosexual couple and one “gay basher” to go to a local sports bar. The heterosexual couple and homosexual couple agreed to show affection toward one another and gauge the crowds reaction.


March 24, 2009 1