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April 23, 2009

The religious-conservative case against federal hate crimes legislation

John Whitehead of the religious-conservative group The Rutherford Institute argues against federal hate crimes legislation currently pending in Congress.  Whitehead argues that:

  • hate crime laws favor a particular class of individuals for protection and seek to punish certain prejudices;
  • such laws have a chilling effect on free speech;
  • hate crime laws create a new class of investigative techniques by government agents and the police; and
  • hate crime laws are redundant, because there are "already a host of stiff penalties on the books for those who commit acts of unspeakable horror, whether the crimes are based on an individual's race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation."

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