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  1. alex kingsbury says

    I think saying religion is beyond the individuals control might need revising.

    • yea, but religion is a protected class for reasons that have to do with the fact that it is intimately tied with ethnicity and with the fact that American society has a strong respect for religious freedom that is respected in various laws: the 1st amendment, tax laws on churches, and hat crime laws.

    • “Generally beyond the individual’s control”?
      Most people’s religion is either the religion they were raised in, or a response to that upbringing (e.g. I hate you, so since you are Catholic, I’ll be Baptist).

        • There’s a question of group identity, which is a choice, and a question of belief, which can be influenced by choices (choosing to accept certain evidence, for example), but which is not a choice itself (you see the evidence you’ve got, and draw a conclusion). It’s a tricky area, since there are choices involved, but saying that someone can choose their beliefs from scratch (not their professed beliefs, but what they actually believe to be true) doesn’t entirely hold up. If you put an apple on the table, then another apple, then count them, you’re going to believe that 1 + 1 = 2 (unless you reject the evidence as being flawed in some way).

  2. Tim says

    Hate crimes: as opposed to the typical “warm and fuzzy” crimes.

  3. Dhamon says

    For a hate crime, doesn’t Mr. DA have to prove he was more violent because he thought Al was Mexican?

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