I’ve had black friends, Asian friends, Jewish friends, Muslim friends, straight friends and gay friends. Will someone, other than a politician, explain why we need hate crime legislation?

What’s the difference between painting a swastika on a Christian’s house and painting a swastika on a Jew’s house? They’re both criminal mischief. Yet for which would I be punished the most? Is one worse than the other? No.

What’s the difference between assaulting a black man and assaulting a white man?

They’re both assaults. Yet for which would I be punished the most? Is one worse than the other? No.

What’s the difference between assaulting a Muslim with a weapon and assaulting a Christian with a weapon? They’re both assaults with deadly weapons. Yet for which would I be punished the most? Is one worse than the other? No.

What’s the difference between killing a gay man and killing a straight man? They’re both murder. Yet for which would I be punished the most? Is one worse than the other? No.

It seems as though lawmakers are trying to implement India’s caste system in America. Except for the 1 percenters, are we not all equal?

I think hate crime legislation is just politicians’ way of looking for minority votes.

Paul Hart, Sandy