A couple of the questions on our survey of Colorado’s political temperature (still open through Friday, July 17, at 5 PM) relate to the concept of hate crimes legislation currently before Congress. Well, I guess it’s not a mystery where I stand on the issue.
With the Sotomayor confirmation hearings eating up what little media oxygen exists for national political issues, these days, S.909 can be easily overlooked. But as Carter Clews explains at Net Right Nation, it shouldn’t be:
That’s right, S. 909 — aka, the “hate crimes bill” — being pushed through by the Obama Administration as one of its highest legislative priorities would make it a federal crime to commit a violent act against anyone based on race or gender orientation — unless the race was Caucasian and the orientation was towards the opposite sex.
So much for equal justice under the law. Since the legislation is currently before the U.S. Senate, I urge my fellow Coloradans to contact Mark Udall and to contact Michael Bennet (or call 202-224-5852) regarding this issue.
For anyone living inside or outside Colorado, you can call the Senate switchboard at 202-225-3121 to reach your elected Senators and share your opinion about the evils of descending down the slippery slope of “hate crime” legislation.