Here’s a commentary from CNS News.com.
Can Hate Crimes be Cured?, By Stephen M. Lilienthal
The last couple of paragraphs make good points.
Hate crimes laws, whether at the federal or state level, undermine our most valued legal principles. All lawful Americans oppose crimes, particularly premeditated acts, whether they have occurred because of greed, passion, hate or thrill-seeking.
We have state laws to deal with murder and assault. There is no need for federal “hate crimes” legislation, which is “thought crimes” legislation, given its destructive impact upon one of our cherished ideals