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    Compare 1st degree murder, 2nd degree murder, and manslaughter.  All are punishment for the death of another.  Yet each carry different punishment...in any crime, the MOTIVATION matters.

    Hate crimes are attacks on a CLASS of people.  It's intimidation against "uppity" blacks, or out gays, or recognizable transexuals.  Attacks against a class of people have a different range of punishment, and should.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 05:33:22 PM PST

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