Hate Crime Laws - Are They Worth It?

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News coverage of brutal crimes in Wyoming, Texas and other parts of the US has led to a drive in many states and in Washington for laws that provide extra punishment against crimes based on hate. Al Gore says his first goal as President would be tougher laws against these "hate crimes" which can terrorize entire communities. But there's opposition - and not just from gay-bashers, anti-Semites and racial bigots. Do hate crimes work or further isolate targeted minority groups without preventing violent crime? Today, we'll hear about gay rights, "thought crimes," and the culture of victimization.
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Rotella's Los Angeles Times' article

Anti-Defamation League

Audre Lorde Project

Human Rights Campaign

Concerned Women for America

UN Mission in Kosovo



Warren Olney