Congress: Points of View To Be Criminalized As Hate?

Excerpt:  The Defense Authorization bill, which sets Pentagon policy by establishing funding levels, is heading to a conference committee after the Senate passed the measure Monday with an amendment that would extend hate crimes legislation to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill apparently would aid in the prosecution of "violent crimes motivated by bias" and, among other things, provide federal assistance for "any crime" that is "motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim, or is a violation of the State, local, or Tribal hate crime laws." Read More