Jim Sensenbrenner Swings Both Ways on Hate Crime Legislation

Rep. James Sensenbrenner voted against a bill to add federal crimes for assaults and murders on the basis of sexual orientation. Why? He claimed it was a matter of supporting free speech, that criminalizing acts based on the ideas behind them violated the First Amendment.

James Sensenbrenner is also the sponsor of H.R. 1772, a bill to codify federal crimes for criminal damage, arson, assault and murder on the basis of anti-religious sentiment:

(a) RELIGIOUS PROPERTY OFFENSE RELATING TO RELIGIOUS CHARACTER- Whoever, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce–
`(1) knowingly defaces, damages, or destroys any religious real property, because of the religious character of that property; or
`(2) knowingly obstructs, by force or threat of force, any person in the enjoyment of that person’s free exercise of religious beliefs;
shall be punished as provided in subsection (c).
`(b) PROPERTY OFFENSE MOTIVATED BY RACIAL AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS- Whoever knowingly defaces, damages, or destroys any religious real property because of the race, color, or ethnic characteristics of any individual associated with that religious property, shall be punished as provided in subsection (c).
`(c) PUNISHMENT- The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is–
`(1) if death results from acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, imprisonment for any term of years or for life, or death;
`(2) if bodily injury results to any person, including any public safety officer performing duties as a direct or proximate result of conduct prohibited by this section, and the violation is by means of fire or an explosive, or imprisonment for more that 40 years;
`(3) if bodily injury to any person, including any public safety officer performing duties as a direct or proximate result of conduct prohibited by this section, results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, imprisonment for not more than 20 years; and
`(4) in any other case, imprisonment for not more than one year.

Why support one type of hate crime legislation and not the other?

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  1. I’m undercover with an nice young man, doing buggery, fellatio an analingus.

    Naturally, I’ve got to vote against gay rights, so nobody will suspect me!

    Gregg’s law, remember?

    Gotta go. Time for a big dinner of tube steak with white cream sauce.

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