President Obama sign the defense spending bill today, and it included the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Of course, there are detractors out there. I can’t tell you how many times the act has been characterized as addressing “thought crimes” which is just silly. From the CNN article:
Several religious groups have expressed concern that a hate crimes law could be used to criminalize conservative speech relating to subjects such as abortion or homosexuality.
It’s just more whining’. They will still be able to call homosexuality an ABOMINATION all they want. I’m getting really tired of conservatives being WATB over requests from the rest of society that they simply be civil. Oh, and their preemptive victim-hood stances are getting old as well (i.e. their taxes haven’t gone up, the White House hasn’t tried to block their favorite “news” station from getting access, nor is health reform going to allow government bureaucrats to kill anyone’s grandmother).
And speaking of health care — steady as she goes. I’m hopeful we’ll get a decent bill and it will form the foundation of ongoing reform.