Saturday, April 25, 2009

Urge Congress to Pass Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913) would add sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability to existing federal hate crimes laws. It would also strengthen enforcement of these laws by allowing the US Department of Justice to assist local authorities in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes cases. The bill is identical to the hate crimes legislation passed by the House of Representatives in 2007 and is transgender-inclusive.

Send a message to your elected representative and urge them to support H.R. 1913.

H/T to Planet Transgender

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

First of all I have nothing against gay people. It's not even on my radar. Having said that... Hate crimes legislation is completely retarded. There are already crimes against assualt and battery. Passing new laws to deal with old laws that aren't being enforced is ridiculous. What makes you think those new laws have any more chance of being enforced than the old laws they're meant to suplant? If you want to fix this problem then stop voting for well connected idiots and vote in people who aren't afraid to prosecute the police. Passing laws that make it a crime for you to think a certain way most certainly isn't the way to go.

Anonymous said...

You have it all wrong. You can think any way you want. You just can't act on it.

Hate crimes against a gay person happen every 6 hours. It needs to end. We need stronger laws to protect gay men and woman and kids.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #2: My friend, you need to take a course in logic. No where and at no time did I (Anonymous #1) say that you should be able to act on your feelings of bigotry. Are there "hate crimes" against straight people? Do we need them? Prosecute crimes that are already on the books and "hate crimes" legislation wouldn't be needed. I also noticed that although you say "You have it all wrong" you don't offer a single reason why I'm wrong. Can you offer a credible reason why? Saying that crimes against gay people happen every hours isn't a reason. Crimes against straight people happen every few seconds. You need to stop using emotion to reason and try to look at facts objectively. You clearly haven't done any critical thinking on the matter.

Josh said...

Hate crimes are different because they are violence against a person specifically because of their affiliation with a group (gay, Christian, Muslim, African America etc).

Its not a robbery gone wrong or a crime of passion between loved ones.

Its about a perp attacking or killing a person just because they are gay (or any other social label) and to strike terror in that community because they could be targeted next.

Its about targeting specific types of people because of hatred/bigotry for those people and to strike fear in those communities.

For example in the south gay couples rarely hold hands in public because of the very real threat of being hate crimed.

Hate Crimes bill gives prosecutors and judges the ability to give harsher sentences just like premeditation allows prosecutors and judges to give harsher sentences in murder trials.

Anonymous said...

Yeah... I get that. You've still failed to state a single reason that blacks/gays/straights/latinos/martians/whomever deserve some special recognition under the law that doesn't already exist. Assualt is assualt whether its to get your wallet or b/c you have red hair.

Josh said...

Its not special recognition. Its just recognizing that hate crimes are a different type of crime than just an assault or murder.

Once gays are added to the federal hate crime laws then everyone will be covered so again its not special recognition.

Anonymous said...

Certainly it's special recognition. If a group of gay men (to pull an example out of the air) where to assult me b/c I'm straight what hate crimes would be on the books to address that situation. And, of course, the answer is that there wouldn't be. So why create a new, special class of crime (that has no constitutional merit btw) when there are already statutes on the books to address that behavior? And so far not a single person here has offered a credible reason why that should be the case other than your indignation.

Queers United said...

We have an epidemic of people being attacked based on sexual orientation, and gender identity. People are not being attacked for being straight, although if you one was, that would also be protected under sexual orientation. Hate crimes legislation is critical, it's not the same as a random person being attacked, this is a specific crime against a group of people and that is pre-meditated and deserves more penalty.

Anonymous said...

How, other than your implication to the contrary, is it ANY different than being targeted randomly? So is it your position that if someone beats the crap out of you b/c you're gay that it is somehow more egregious a crime than if someone beats the crap out of me just for kicks?! If someone assualts you, for any reason, there are already laws on the books to address that. There is absolutely nothing critical about it other than your claim that it is. Can you explain to me how it is anything other than charging someone twice for the same crime? People are stupid. And trying to enact a law to keep people from being stupid is... well... stupid. So while I do genuinely feel for people that have to put up with this nonsense there are already laws against acts of violence regardless of their motivation. And, once again, other than your indignation at the prospect no one has offered a single reason why the current statutes against acts of violence are insufficient outside of it offends your sensabilities. So being gay, black, from Mars... whatever doesn't entitle you to special process under law. Is someone who hassles you for being gay an asshole? Of course. But there aren't and shouldn't be any laws against being an asshole. For if there are... then we are all doomed. LOL!

Queers United said...

If someone beats you up randomly, it is random and is likely because they don't like you as an individual. If someone hates a whole group of people, they need a more severe penalty otherwise they will go target more of that group, as it is not random and they had the people in mind.

Anonymous said...

Why? And what do you offer in evidence to support your contention? Certain countries enact a death penalty for drug use. Do those laws stop drug use? So what evidence do you cite in support of your contention that a more severe law is preventative? C'mon people... step up to the plate. So far all I'm hearing is "Because!". And that isn't a credible reason.

Mark D. Snyder said...

Longer prison sentences do not translate into more protection for LGBT people - they only translate into more people in jail for longer. I am queer and I am against hate crimes laws.

Queers United said...

Mark what would you propose be the penalty? I think hate crimes are needed, it isn't just the individual targetted but a fear that permeates throughout the whole group in society. A hate crime unlike other crimes is meant to scare an entire population.

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