Last week the U.S. Congress passed H.R. 1592, the "hate crime" bill, the legislation seeks to further segregate people into different groups, then rewards and punishes these different groups using a separate standard then the one that applies to everyone else.  Making this great nation a country that recognizes "all men are created equal" is a principle that brave men and women have died for.  The Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution clearly states "no state shall . . . deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."  As the RSC puts it in their talking points: "The degree of justice served, and corresponding punishment for criminals, will depend on whether the victim is within one of the protected groups under this bill.  Two identical violent crimes of murder – one a 'random' act of violence and another 'hate-motivated' act of violence – will be provided unequal treatment and unequal punishment."

I had the pleasure of accompanying a number of citizens concerned about the issues that passing “hate crimes