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This week, the Senate passed a bill to extend federal hate crime legislation to cover victims targeted by gender, sexual orientation, or disability. The largely liberal-backed legislation, a second attempt at passing a measure that failed last year, gained support after a rash of hate crimes in the past year culminating in the murderous rampage of a white supremacist over Independence Day weekend. Our founding fathers intended a classless society with no nobility (except for the Kennedys, of course) and equality for every man. Subsequently, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments and various legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act have been enacted to uphold these principles. These laws have been designed to make justice blind to color, religion, sexual preference, and sundry other defining characteristics. We would find it reprehensible today to make a law distinguishing between criminals based upon traits such as these; is it not hypocritical to support one which separates victims in a similar mannerWhat’s next? A bill to make crime illegal?

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