Originally Posted by Kaylore
Hate crime laws are the opposite of equal rights.
Murder should be treated the same, regardless of motivation. Sure, if it's premeditated, then that is worse, but the motive doesn't make it worse or better. If I shoot you for your money, or I shoot you because you are gay, how does me shooting you because you are gay make it "worse" than for greed? Hate crime laws are stupid because they try to create some kind of escalators around nebulous criteria. And those make it difficult to prove and muddy the waters putting more difficulty on prosecutors. Crime is crime. And if you do something bad to someone, doing it because it's a hate crime doesn't make it any worse than if you do it purely for greed or because you are sociopath or whatever.
I've always been baffled by the concept of "hate crimes". I mean a serial killer who targets women and tortures and violates them before killing them would be more guilty of a hate-motivated crime than anyone as far as I'm concerned, yet I've never seen anyone classify it as such. Many violent crimes are hate-induced, but only a select few are actually classified as "hate crimes". It's a non-nonsensical notion that has no logical basis, and should not be part of our legal system.