Yesterday the President signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which I might add, was hooked onto the Defense appropriation to ensure its passage.
The passage of this law subjugates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause by elevating one group over another. It also could make Double Jeopardy legal which would violate the 5th Amendment by trying someone for a murder and then again for what that person was thinking while carrying out the murder.
This could lead to an attack on religion as well. No more preaching against homosexuality from the bible because it could instigate the congregation to kill based on this belief. This is truly Orwellian.
Hopefully it is not long before this is struck down by the Supreme Court.
I, too, am disgusted by the crimes against Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. I am glad that those who perpetrated these villainous acts against Shepard are currently each serving two consecutive life sentences. They will never again see the light of day. Meanwhile, two of the three murderers of Byrd are awaiting their executions while the third is currently serving life in prison.
What must be realized, however, is that the fates of these five men are symbols of how the justice system in America worked without the need for a hate crimes act.