Misinformation about Hate Crimes bill
The "Matthew Shepard Bill" which makes it a federal crime to attack someone due to sexual orientation ( the revised and expanded definition which was added to race, gender, religion, etc. ) has been touted by Hannity and other conservatives on Fox media and elsewhere since last May as "a law passed by Democrats to protect pedophiles". (See this coverage from May 2009: http://mediamatters.org/research/200905060016)
This is annoying in the extreme for 2 reasons:
1.) It is a deliberate misconstruing of the purpose of the bill. The "sexual orientation" clause is being misread as applying specifically to pedophiles.
2.) The term "sexual orientation" does indeed cover pedophiles, but this is only common sense. If a registered offender is in treatment, and on probation, and I find out he is living down the street from me, I can move. But I cannot attack him, rob him, rape him, knife him, throw rocks at his windows. This was true before a hate crimes bill as well.
Here is a great piece which clears up the myths surrounding the bill:
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