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Posted on January 24 at 1:18 p.m.Suggest removal
Of course the Matthew Shepard case was a hate crime... He was killed by intolerant and ignorant people.However, this does not negate the fact that all crimes are hate crimes essentially. If a man kills his wife for being unfaithful, it would obviously be out of hate. But he would be convicted of murder... not a hate crime. The motivation behind the crime should have little to do with the punishment of the offense.For example: If a bully in middle school harassed another child in school for being a "nerd" or "freak", the bully's punishment would not be too harsh... maybe a few days in detention. But if the harassed kid had been openly homosexual, then that would be a hate crime, which the bully most likely would suffer harsher consequences. The actions by the bully are wrong in any perspective... and no more hateful just because of the other child's sexual orientation.
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