Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Matthew Shepard Act

Third Way has offered a two fact sheets refuting claims that the Matthew Shepard Act which the House of Representatives voted for would curtail the freedom of speech rights of religious leaders (and others) to denounce homosexuality. Courtesy the Religion Clause blog.

In sum what does the Third Way say? That unless you actually use an anti-gay (or anti-ethnic or anti-religious) epithet during the actual commission of a violent crime, the hate crimes statute cannot be invoked.

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