We never discuss hate or discrimination in Kentucky politics and that’s a shame. We’ll never hear a gubernatorial candidate or or state officer (save a few) speak out in support of ending crazy discrimination. That may change some day but we’re not holding our breath.
It’s finally here. Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will vote on the Matthew Shepard Act (S. 1105), a force to end hate crimes in America. Unfortunately, hate-mongers are out in full force trying to spin this into a frenzy.
Contrary to popular belief among self-hating gays and Log Cabin Republicans this bill does not threaten free speech or weaken the Constitution. It won’t put preachers in jail for speaking out at the pulpit. It only applies to violent attacks based on a victim’s gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. The bill also provides funding to help law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute violent hate crimes. It does not make hate crimes more serious than other crimes, only pushes toward eliminating discrimination.
Without this legislation hate crimes will continue to be glossed over, ignored, covered up. Most will continue to remain unprosecuted. It’s time to move into the 21st century (like the rest of the world) by telling all Americans they’ll be protected under the law. Call Sen. Jim Bunning at (202) 224-4343 and Sen. Mitch McConnell at (202) 224-2541 today. Let them know supporting S. 1105 is the right thing to do.