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Originally posted by Lostinthedarkness
Personally I don't think any group of people should have added protection under the law . If I am beat half to death the max they will get is 15 years . But the gay guy down the street they beat him half to death the perpetrator get the same 15 years plus an additional 10 more .
By adding more years to a sentence for the beating of a protected group under the hate crimes it is saying the act against him is worse than if it happened to a regular person That is giving them a special status over and above a regular citizen . We are suppose to be equal under the law
Originally posted by justsomeboreddude
reply to post by Animal
Well how do they know a person punched them in the face because of the way they live. Couldnt they just have easily punched them because they were angry about something they did or said. People have been fighting since the beginning of time.
How is it any different if I get punched in the face because I wore an offensive t-shirt than if someone gets punched for their lifestyle choices. Maybe that t-shirt was my lifestyle choice.