Culture of Death: Hate Crimes--Big Stick Against Citizens

Excerpt:  Massachusetts already has “hate crimes” statutes granting special protection to victims if it’s thought (by victim and/or police) they were victimized on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, handicap, gender (i.e. sex, in its old meaning), or sexual orientation. H1722 would add “gender identity or expression” to our hate crime laws, adding a new protected group. The very concept of a “hate crime” – certain groups being more worthy of protection than others, and crimes against these groups warranting harsher punishments for the criminal – is controversial. Read More