I don't recall discussing this here so thought it could be interesting.
I'm personally against it, which is the opposite of most Liberals but oh well. I think people should be charged with the crime they committed and not what they were thinking when they did it. too much like the thought police for my taste.
What say you?
Answer by NotPanicking at 7:34 PM on Apr. 30, 2009
Answer by mancosmomma at 7:40 PM on Apr. 30, 2009
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 8:04 PM on Apr. 30, 2009
Answer by momof030404 at 8:05 PM on Apr. 30, 2009
So you are for harsher punishments based on what someone might do in the future? That doesn't sound right at all to me. One should be punished for the actual crime committed not what they might or might not do down the road or what they were thinking at the time.
What does giving "hate crimes" harsher sentencing accomplish? Does it prevent those convicted from doing it again any more than normal sentencing? Is there any solid evidence of this?
Answer by Friday at 8:09 PM on Apr. 30, 2009
Answer by older at 8:25 PM on Apr. 30, 2009
Answer by ozarkgirl3 at 8:40 PM on Apr. 30, 2009
Crimes motivated by invidious hatred toward particular groups not only harm individual victims but send a powerful message of intolerance and discrimination to all members of the group to which the victim belongs. Hate crimes can and do intimidate and disrupt entire communities and vitiate the civility that is essential to healthy democratic processes. In a democratic society, citizens cannot be required to approve of the beliefs and practices of others, but must never commit criminal acts on account of them. People who commit crimes based on someones race or sexual orientation need to be taught a lesson you can disagree with their lifestyle or hate there race if you chose to because we do live in a free society but, hurting someone because of that is very wrong and that is a lesson our children need to learn.
Answer by Anonymous at 8:50 PM on Apr. 30, 2009
I actually agree with you Friday. Thought Police indeed. More bureaucratic bs to tie up the US courts. yay (sarcasm)
Answer by myame at 8:50 PM on Apr. 30, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 9:23 PM on Apr. 30, 2009