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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 12:32 PM

Utah approves hate crimes bill after GOP adds Trump supporters as a protected class



By Bil Browning · Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Utah state legislature has advanced a hate crime bill after Republicans added rightwing conservatives as a protected class under the law. Trump supporters are not historically a victim of hate crimes.

Republicans added “political expression” as a protected class equal to racial minorities, LGBTQ people, and veterans. Republican Governor Gary Herbert praised the addition, saying it added “critical protections” for marginalized communities.




State Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, the same anti-LGBTQ state legislator that tanked a proposed law to ban “ex-gay” conversion therapy in the state earlier this month, was behind the underhanded shenanigans to the hate crimes law. Lisonbee said after she gutted the conversion therapy bill, she was sent angry emails and that’s why she was adamant conservatives needed to be protected.

“I have had hateful things said about me,” she said. “I have experienced death threats over the last few days. I have had people tell me, ‘How dare you play the victim card.’ And I ask you, is not having somebody threaten you making you a victim?”

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Reply Utah approves hate crimes bill after GOP adds Trump supporters as a protected class (Original post)
DonViejo Thursday OP
gratuitous Thursday #1
SWBTATTReg Thursday #2
lunatica Thursday #6
ooky Thursday #10
Caliman73 Thursday #3
procon Thursday #4
Solly Mack Thursday #5
Doreen Thursday #7
Vinca Thursday #8
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maxrandb Thursday #11
happybird Thursday #12
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 12:36 PM

1. Suggested title: The Snowflake Protection Act

Right wing conservatives should be legally designated as Snowflakes.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 12:38 PM

2. This will be ruled unconstitutional and also, how do you enforce such a law? Liberals by same ...

logic should be added too, then, as a protected class.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:07 PM

6. That's my logic too

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:26 PM

10. Some things are just common sense.

This is a display of how absurd and ridiculous the RW partisanship has become.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 12:42 PM

3. The addition of "political expression" is ridiculous.

It will make other protections irrelevant. If a conservative attacks a Jewish person or Black person, or LGBT person then their defense would be that they are also a protected person and were merely expressing their protected political views. This was done cynically to gut protections for historically oppressed people.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:00 PM

4. Legislation can't protect people from making bad choices.

Being stupid enough to align themselves with Trump is not the same thing as being gay or black. The state cannot take away the 1st Amendment rights of the entire state to promote one political party.

Republicans are free to support their party, no matter that siding with ignorance, hate, fear and violence makes them pariahs in the common community. Making that choice, however, that does not earn them any special preferences in the political arena. They have to pull up their panties and stand on the merits of their decisions just like the big girls do.
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:04 PM

5. Damn.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:17 PM

7. So, what they are saying is that the Obama supporters should have made the same law

to protect their class from them because of the same treatment they gave them. Sucks when you get treated the same bad way you treat others.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:25 PM

8. Usually they're the perpetrators of hate crimes.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:26 PM

9. This means that a Nazi is now a protected class in Utah.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:34 PM

11. Wait a minute!

I think we can use this to get Limbaugh, Hannity and other "cookie-cutter" Hatemongers thrown off the air in Utah!

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Response to maxrandb (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 01:42 PM

12. Had the same thought

and also: damn, RWNJs are dumb.

This reminds me of their "religious freedom" bills that they think only cover Christianity.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 07:04 PM

13. Only in the minds of idiots does losing an election equate to being a minority.

Snowflake Protection Act is spot on.

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