On Hatred

Abby Zimet


A triple-edged day. The good: The House finally passed a newly expanded hate crimes bill, in honor of the memories of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., both horribly murdered in 1998.
The bad: Republicans somehow charged the law represents "immorality,"
"a great disservice," and "a despicable and unconstitutional bill that
penalizes thought." The inconceivable: The level of toxic fear, hatred
and cynicism that would lead to such "thinking."


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