For the Right, Equal Protection = Unequal Protection

The Religious Right’s willingness to blatantly lie about hate crimes legislation never ceases to amaze – from a recent American Family Association “Action Alert”:

Such laws not only punish officially disapproved speech and thought, they create two tiers of victims. Under hate crimes laws, some victims get more protections than others, which violates the fundamental American principle of equality under the law.

In fact, such laws actively discriminate against heterosexual Christians who are victims of crime, since they will get less legal protection than homosexual victims.

So giving the same protection to gays as already exists for religion somehow lessens legal protections for Christians?

Sadly, now that the legislation is on its way to the President, this sort of hyperbolic lying will probably only increase.