I read an interesting quote today:
“Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. Laurence J. Peter”
This quote aptly describes the opinion of Tennessee congressman Zach Wamp when contemplating hate crime legislation. A friend of mine from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, wrote to Representative Wamp and this was his reply:
The use of violence against any innocent person is wrong, regardless of that individual’s race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. Crimes of violence should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Every jurisdiction in the United States prohibits battery and murder, and I doubt strongly that increased federal involvement in these state issues would have any significant effect on these crimes. If we prioritize crimes based on the victim’s status, we threaten the very notion of equal protection under the law that is the foundation of our legal system. Instead, all violations of the law should be dealt with in a manner that delivers justice on behalf of victims and their families.
Member of Congress
All I can say is that he’s been polishing his armor.