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Tennesse Hate Crimes Bill falls prey to false accusations


Tennessee Hate Crime Bill rolled to 2010 amid false accusations. Scare tactics and disinformation cause sponsor to roll legislation. Efforts urged to defeat fear, lies.

State Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis

State Rep. Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis

Tennessee’s Hate Crime Bill, HB0335, has been rolled to January 2010. State Representative Jeanne Richardson, D-Memphis, sponsor of the legislation, decided to roll the legislation in the Tennessee House Judiciary Committee until the next legislative session in January. The bill would add “gender identity or expression” to Tennessee’s hate crime sentencing enhancement statue. The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition supported Richardson in this decision.

Opposition to the bill came forward with false claims that it would criminalize religious speech. This claim ignores the reality that not a single case has ever been filed against a minister under current statue for promoting intolerance or denying understanding of the transgendered community. «Read the rest of this article»

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