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It doesn't make me very popular with my GLBT cohorts, but the enhanced punishment aspect of these laws punishes thoughts, and that's a slippery slope I'd just as soon not slide down.

Aren't we already there? Aren't manslaughter, premeditated murder, and unpremeditated murder different crimes?

While I agree that the principle of hate crimes legislation can be offputting, I saw the point once I realized that there's a purpose to identifying crimes that are committed against a whole class of people, not just a single victim. Killing a new neighbor because he's black discourages other black people from moving into the neighborhood, to take a random example.

Now, I'm not sure of the exact wording of the legislation in question. It's quite possible I might object to the specific wording. But I'm no longer against it in general.

- Gus
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