Hate Crime Laws
Q&A Radio: 8 September 2013, Question 4
I answered a question on hate crime laws on 8 September 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Are hate crime laws just? Hate crime laws impose additional penalties for crimes motivated by hatred for or bias against the victim for his group membership, such as religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. Do such laws protect or violate individual rights? Should such laws be maintained, modified, or repealed?
My Answer, In Brief: While some the basic rationale for hate crimes laws – namely, regarding bias against groups or communities as an aggravating factor in crimes – is legitimate, its focus on certain preferred groups is wrong.
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