"If you didn't vote for this bill -- against this bill and against this rule for anything else, you could vote against it because we are spending additional money. i also would like to point out that there was a bill -- the hate crimes bill that's called the matthew sheppard bill is named afte a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. it wasn't because he was gay. this -- the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills."It's documented by the media that it was indeed a crime motivated by the sexual preference of the victim.
No wonder that only 20% of Americans polled admitted to being Republican. Look what kind of bigotry you become associated with. I, like many other Republicans quit the party because of these kind of people we didn't want anything to do with. It's time for real Republicans to take back the party from the nutjobs.
Think Progress reports that Republicans are hysterical over the hate crimes bill because it would protect gay people and end religious freedom to despise gays.
REP MICHELE BACHMANN (R-MN): I feel that this hate crime legislation could be considered the very definition of tyranny.
REP. GRESHMAN BARRET (R-SC): This bill would inhibit religious freedom in our society -- a scary thought.
REP. LOUIE GOHMERT (R-TX): You think a pregnant mother does not deserve the protection of a homosexual? You think a military member doesn't deserve the protection of a transvestite?
REP. STEVE KING (R-IA): I, Mr. Speaker, oppose and I defy the logic of the people that would advocate for such legislation the very idea we could divine what goes on in the heads of people when they commit crimes.
What do you think of the hate crimes bill? How do you know what's in a criminals heart unless they admit to it? Is killing someone because they are gay or black or an atheist worse than killing someone because you want to rob them?