Matthew Shepard's mother will be on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC TV tonight

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    Apr 30, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    Rachel's show is on at 9pm Eastern time
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    May 01, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    Oh that will be fun. I'll have to find the clip of the show when it's posted on YouTube or somewhere.
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    May 01, 2009 1:32 AM GMT
    Thanks, Cas.
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    May 01, 2009 2:52 AM GMT


    Her (Rachel) intro was done very well. She should've emphasized that it's the in-between of standard crime and terrorism more, but still explained it great. What some don't get about this, I'll never know.
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    May 01, 2009 3:02 AM GMT
    Thanks for posting that Looknrnd
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    May 01, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    Love me some Rachel. And Mrs. Shepard brought up some great points. She is a very dedicated, and loving member of this community.
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    May 01, 2009 5:29 AM GMT
    Made sure to listen this evening. Rachel is always pretty funny and I enjoy the program. Mrs. Shepard was in good form, very articulate and I'm glad they mentioned the Matthew Shepard Foundation at the end. I have donated to the organization. I think its very important.
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    May 01, 2009 6:58 AM GMT
    Looknrnd said

    Her (Rachel) intro was done very well. She should've emphasized that it's the in-between of standard crime and terrorism more, but still explained it great. What some don't get about this, I'll never know.
    I agree. It is sad that even some Gay people don't even get it.

    People against this kind of federal legislation throw out all kinds of irrelevant excuses and smoke screens against it and ignore the violence and harassment many go through to this day. It is as if some think "It doesn't affect me!" or "It doesn't prevent xxxxx", or some other "don't rock the boat" mentality.

    The video summed up the reasoning pretty well. Another thing people don't consider is that hate crimes legislation help statistics gathering which is helpful in understanding crime trends. Here is some info from the FBI website:
    http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/civilrights/overview.htmDefining a Hate Crime
    A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, Congress has defined a hate crime as a "criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation." Hate itself is not a crime—and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties.
    ...
    Once the state prosecution begins, the Department of Justice monitors the proceedings in order to ensure that the federal interest is vindicated and the law is applied equally among the 95 U.S. Judicial Districts.
    ...
    The FBI forwards completed reports to U.S. Attorneys and the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, which decide whether a federal prosecution is warranted. They may move forward, for example, if local authorities are unwilling or unable to prosecute a crime of bias.
    FINALLY Note this:
    Same link aboveLimitations in federal statutes prevent the FBI from investigating crimes of bias motivated solely by gender, disability, or sexual orientation.
    If you don't understand anything else about minority classes you should realize there has typically been an inequity in justice especially in local communities where the particular minority class is seen with disfavor even in the law enforcement and justice system. That's what this is about, ensuring justice at times and places where otherwise it might not be given because your minority status.
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    May 01, 2009 8:54 AM GMT
    Religious people forget that there is a whole Constitutional amendment to prevent "hate" crimes against them.