04 May 2007

Whatever happened to separation of church and state?

The new hate crimes bill that passed the senate and is set to be vetoed by our amazing president has me a little worried.

I can understand being concerned about first amendment rights, I am all about first amendment rights, censorship is wrong. Period. But that's not what this is about. This bill is about hate crimes, physically hurting someone just because there's something about who they are that you don't like.

Adding sexual orientation and gender identity as unacceptable reasons to assault someone seems long overdue to me. And the fact that the religious right is getting a ton of press about their opposition to the bill is kind of scary. Sure, it's their right to believe what they want and/or advocate for those beliefs, but freaking out about secular legislation designed to protect another group of individuals? WTF!

Where do they get off? They don't run this country yet... oh wait.

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