Host Welton Gaddy is featured once again in the Washington Post blog On Faith. This week’s question is about hate crimes. The site’s editors ask panelists whether it is necessary for Congress to expand hate crimes legislation to include individuals targeted for their sexual orientation. (This would add sexual orientation to already protected classes like “race, color, religion and national origin”)
Welton answers the question with a resounding, “Yes!”. He writes, “”The sacred scriptures of many different religious traditions speak with dramatic unanimity against intolerance. Every person in America should enjoy the strongest possible guarantee of freedom from attacks motivated by bigotry. If we aspire to be true to the prophetic core of our religions, we cannot condemn hate and then sit idly by while acts of hatred destroy our communities.” Read the rest of his post here.