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We are all equal – repeal hate crime law

Comment 3rd July 2010

It is absurd that there are extra tariffs for assault with race/religious factors – we are all equal or should be so under the law – so abolish the massive extra jail time for name calling that might accompany assault.

Why does this matter?

The fact of assault is equally appalling for the victim whatever their colour, creed or gender so why should someone being beaten up attract a sentence of say one year, but being beaten up as the attacker adds any comment regarding their ethnicity or religion attracts say two years. Racism may be the motivation for the crime, but why should the motivation attract more time in jail than the act? To be one nation we must all be equal in the law.

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