S.909 - Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act

A bill to provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: A bill to provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act as introduced.
  • Short: Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act as introduced.

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  • AntonGolovin 05/10/2009 5:44pm
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    Surely America can do better than to become virtual hostages to morally corrupt homosexuals destroying the morals of America’s children.

  • AntonGolovin 05/10/2009 5:45pm
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    Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ have mercy upon this nation in its hour of need!

  • equalrights 05/11/2009 2:19pm

    We already have laws regarding crimes of violence in which the victim is chosen on account of race, color, national origin, or creed. (Yes, creed. That means that it is already considered a hate crime to assault Christians because they are Christian.) Why shouldn’t we treat violence motivated by homophobia, misogyny, or misandry the same way we treat violence motivated by racism or religious hatred?

    This bill is carefully tailored to avoid chilling effects on speech or on the free exercise of religion. Only violent acts could be prosecuted under this proposed law. Furthermore, the bill contains a rule of evidence to prevent a defendant’s statements of opposition to homosexuality from being used as substantive evidence unless those statements were specifically connected with a specific act of violence.

  • merittr 05/11/2009 4:39pm
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    Pedophiles don’t need federal protection. Children do from them.

  • Garrybledsoe 05/11/2009 5:39pm

    Comments by RuthAnn on May 09, 2009 (2 days ago) “I suspect you belong to one of the other; you have a religious affilliation, or you belong to a certain race, or you are of a specific gender,”
    This sounds more like hate speech and would fall under the same type of attitude she is trying to condemn.

    Telling a person they do not agree with their life style is no more a hate crime than someone telling another person you don’t agree with type of music they listen to. It is a personal opinion. Because a person has a personal opinion does not make them a evil person or a crimimal. The carring out of violent acts makes a person a criminal and we already have laws that punish criminals.

  • seamster 05/13/2009 2:37pm

    There’s no such thing as a hate crime.This comes from people who feel they are special and deserve more rights than the rest of us. It’s time for all the whinny bears and ACLU lovers togrow up and take responsibily for their own actions.

  • mac7 05/13/2009 7:04pm
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    DEAR FELLOW AMERICANS, WE NEED TO ENFORCE THE LAWS THAT ARE ALREADY ON THE BOOKS. THE GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING OUR TAX MONEY LIKE DRUNKS WITH NO REALITY IN SIGHT. THE U.S.A IS GOING BROKE. THE 14TH AMENDMENT HAS BEEN WRITTEN TO PROTECT ALL PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE. THAT IS EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS. 14TH AMENDMENT SECTION 1. TO GO BEYOND THIS IS TO OVERTURN AND UNDO THE 14TH AMENDMENT. THE 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH IS EXACTLY THAT IF WE LIKE WHAT BEING SAID OR NOT. BRICKS AND STONES BREAK OUR BONES BUT WORDS CANNOT HURT US OR UPSET US UNLESS WE LET THE WORDS OF HATE OR NOT HURT US. DEAR SENATORS DO NOT RUN OVER THE 1ST & 14TH AMENDMENT IN BILL S.909. THANK YOU ALL FOR LETTING ME SPEAK OPENLY UNDER THE 1ST AMENDMENT. IN MOST COURTS OF LAW WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH TO GIVE REASON TO ACT UPON HARMING OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.

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    Gene9223 05/14/2009 4:14pm
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    You do realize that all caps means shouting don’t you? And the current laws are not enforced equally to begin with.

  • krystaltgirl 05/13/2009 10:25pm

    Anton, are you off your medications again?

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    AntonGolovin 05/15/2009 9:59pm

    So, personal attacks begin.

  • krystaltgirl 05/13/2009 10:30pm
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    seamster, would you stop whinning, this bill also provides funding to investigate when all of us gay people eat your children

  • AntonGolovin 05/15/2009 10:00pm

    This is but a foreshadowing of the personal attacks upon Christians that will begin once this bill is law.

  • Gene9223 05/16/2009 3:18am

    Um… no such thing as a Hate Crime?

    One day a kid is walking home from school.
    A group of boys confronted him, grabbed him and started roughing him up.
    A police car pulls up and the officer asks “what cha doin?”, the boys respond that they’re “beating up a fag”.
    The officer drives on, not stopping anything.
    The boys emboldened go from roughing the boy up to a full scale beating. At one point the majority of the boys realize how bad the beating has gotten and run away.
    One boy stays, not to help but to continue the beating. When he gets tired of beating the now unconscious child he leaves.
    Eventually the child comes too. Puts himself back together again as best he can. Gets up and starts the long walk home.
    The same police cruiser that stopped before pulls up next to him. The officer looks him over and grunts, then drives on.

    The child has a broken nose, dislocated jaw, serious concussion and cracked ribs. Later he’ll lose conscious for 5 days.

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    Gene9223 05/16/2009 3:19am

    When the school is confronted they do nothing.
    When the police department is questioned they do nothing.
    They do nothing because everyone knows the child is a ‘fag’ and the other children are normal.

    And it only encourages the normal kids to do more and try to be more extreme in their actions.

    That’s a hate crime, start to finish. They do exist, its not boogy men under the bed stuff. Its people being targeted because they’re different.

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    Hydrox 05/22/2009 12:27pm

    No. This is a crime of violence, an assault crime, and should be prosecuted as such. While I question the veracity of this particular allegory my point is still valid. The criminals as well as the officer involved should be prosecuted. It is unjust but it would not matter if they were beating him because he was a little rich kid and they were not, or if he wore glasses, or had a limp or whatever. It is all violent crime. What they were thinking does not really matter.

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    Gene9223 05/22/2009 4:33pm

    ….well Hydrox, that’s just it. Once the kids identified the kid being beaten to the officer as ‘gay’ the officer ignored everything going on.

    Even afterwards the officer ignored it and so did the police station. When the complaint was brought to the police station I actually over heard them talking… “they just beat up a fag. Hell, its just boys being boys. They’re just doing what comes naturally.”

    Soon it became known that beating up the ‘gay’ kid was ok, the police wouldn’t do anything. They never did.

    And that’s a problem, when the very law enforcement institution itself turns a blind eye to crime, it does lead to more crime. So long as one group is not as protected as the rest, then that one group will be targeted far more often than the protected group(s).

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    Gene9223 05/22/2009 4:33pm

    As for the ‘veracity’…
    Out of 5 years of high school I averaged 2.6 beatings a week. I missed over 190 days of school because of the mistreatment. They always called me gay, fag, fairy…and far more vulger names.
    To this day my jaw hurts when the weather changes or on really cold days.

  • 4everHis 05/16/2009 11:17am
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    Hey Everyone this bill does not protect ONLY homosexuals, it also protects pedophiles, exhibitionist, incest and 27 other sexual orientations. So, if this bill passes and your grandmother hits a guy with her purse because he flashed her, SHE is guilty of a hate crime. If we don’t try to stop this now, the only ones who will have any rights are the ones we have previously called criminals. ANY crime of violence is already punishable by law. We don’t need another bill to protect pedophiles and those who prefer incest.

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    Gene9223 05/16/2009 1:31pm

    Gaa…. Will people stop re-iterating this non-sense?

    Try reading the bill please, don’t just keep making the same hackneyed statement over and over again. Seveal of the oganizations have retracted those statements as ‘mistakes’.

    What you stated is not in the bill.

    And isn’t bearing false witness like, one of the 10 commandments?

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    stevemanusa 06/18/2009 10:11am

    Very simply, yet very forward thinking: Hate Crimes Legislation = legitimizing homosexuality (and many other sexual practices)at the same level as gender and race. This then becomes a legal precedent for civil rights litigation; it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the gay political agenda conquest is for making homosexuality EQUAL to heterosexuality and thus making for redefinition of all sexuality, family, marriage and all benefits connected. There will also be the teaching and propagation of homosexuality at every instructional teaching institution in the USA. THIS IS BAD NEWS!

    Further excellent reading on this subject can be located at: http://www.robgagnon.net/homosexHateCrimePart1.htm

  • krystaltgirl 05/16/2009 3:46pm

    You have to understand individuals like 4everhis aren’t about the truth, they thrive on scare tactics like this because they know many of the religious right are used to spoon fed knowledge and it works. The more fear they instill in the sheep … the more money in the sunday plate… by the way 4everhis you might try adding that the GLBT community are canibals and like to eat children too…

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    4everHis 05/24/2009 3:53pm
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    I’m not going to lie. Apparently, you don’t know what truth is—I sincerely feel sorry for you.

  • Gene9223 05/17/2009 3:56am

    no no no Krystal, its the mormon’s who eat children my dad told me that back in 1975… of course he’s a mormon now…

    I still can’t help but think of the incedible irony here. If one Transwoman never bothered to write the program, no one’s computer would work. sigh the irony.

  • krystaltgirl 05/17/2009 3:56pm

    Thanks Gene…. Trans people really are the strongest people I know.. hands down. I was thinking about moving to Utah..someone said there were more-men there…LOL.

  • WayneLeek 05/17/2009 6:57pm

    I seen enough past legislation to know that bills of this sort will be open targets by judges, courts and corrupt lawyers to be ripe for misinterpretation or in other words they make it say what they want it to say without regard for original intent or right and wrong!!!!!!

  • LilSuter 05/18/2009 3:06pm

    First I would like for those who wish to throw the bible at everyone to lay your bible down. Those who have hatred in your mind and hearts put your hatred aside. I ask of those in law enforcement Federal, State, City, County, and etc to please listen and help! Whether you are Transgender, Gay, Lesbian, or BiSexual does not mean that they do not have rights. They are human beings like everyone else…A thought has occurred to me that back in World War II there was a man who sought out world domination and killed many innocent people from all walks of life. Could it be said that those in religion have to place the fear of God in people to make them mindless sheep? I wonder it appears to me that there are those who wish to exterminate those who are different. We are people too and do have rights!

    To the World:

    My challenge to you:“Place your differences aside, work together or they will be no one left to enjoy this world…”

  • krystaltgirl 05/22/2009 12:42pm

    Hydrox …. I just need to know how it is that you believe this bill will in any way stiffle your freedom of speech…. when the bill clearly states that it is to provide local law enforcement with additional assistance to investigate a crime of VIOLENCE that must be classified as a felony act under that states current laws… last time I checked your speech was not classified as a violent felony act in any of the known 50 states of the United States.

  • Tepahtiani 05/24/2009 5:08pm

    I oppose this bill, because I do not believe this bill is necessary. There are laws against those who kidnap victims, drive them off at a faraway, and then left hung to die! There are similar hate crimes legislation already that similarly says the same thing. It is not necessary when law enforcement can go and arrest kidnappers regardless of sexual orientation the victim may be.

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    Tepahtiani 05/24/2009 5:14pm

    Let me rephrase that. I oppose this, because I do not believe this bill is necessary. There are laws against those who kidnap victims, drive them off to a faraway place, and then left hung to die! There are similar hate crimes legislation already that similarly say the same thing. It is not necessary when law enforcement can go and arrest kidnappers whether the victim is gay or not. I hope I am clear.

  • krystaltgirl 05/24/2009 8:35pm
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    4everhis you don’t lie and spread mistruths… let me refresh your memory as to your statements on may 16th: 1). “it also protects pedophiles, exhibitionist, incest and 27 other sexual orientations.” and 2). “We don’t need another bill to protect pedophiles and those who prefer incest.” ONCE AGAIN I HAVE TO REMIND THE CHRISTIANS THAT PEDAPHILIA AND INCEST ARE A FELONY BEHAVIOR IN ALL 50 STATES AND WOULD NOT EVEN BE CONSIDERED AS PROTECTED UNDER THIS BILL>>> PERIOD! Oh no you wouldn’t lie would you or try to inflame the christian right with untruths about this.


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