Thursday, January 27, 2005

NH Says No To Hate

At today's hearing on the far right's effort to repeal NH's hate crimes law, public testimony was overwhelmingly opposed to the initiative.

Citizens from various walks of life, black, white, gay, straight, Republican, Democrat, Sox fans and Yankees fans, all stood together to say that New Hampshire is a place that does not and will not condone hate and violence.

Of course, a few people didn't agree. For the mosrt part, testimony in support of the repeal came from a handful of ultraconservative legislators who are clearly out of tune even with their own party. The only lobbyist to back the repeal was from Gun Owners of New Hampshire, and frankly, he did his organization no favors by associating law-abiding sportsmen with this sort of right-wing nonsense.

On the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the people had a chance to state loudly that hate can never again trump the rule of law. You did just that, and this legislator says thank you.