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Epic Fail: Bigoted Oklahoma State Senate Accidentally Targets Wrong Group

March 29, 2010

In their effort to strip hate crimes protections based on sexual orientation/identity (the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act), the Oklahoma state Senate actually voted to prohibit local and state agencies from sharing information with the federal government when they investigate crimes based on religion and race, not sexual orientation/identity.  Oklahoma lawmakers sought to repeal hate crimes legislation for GLBT people because they felt it would trample the rights of religious leaders to spew hate (apparently not understanding the difference between talking about hate and inciting violence).  I wonder if this will make those religious leaders who want their right to hate speech protected will pause to think about what they are trying to do.

I’m guessing not.

Think Progress has the full (ironic) story.

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