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House Proceeding 04-29-09 on Apr 29th, 2009 :: 1:04:35 to 1:08:35
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Virginia Foxx

1:04:32 to 1:04:52( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: by trying look into the skull of the victim and perpetrator. there's never been legislation presented that's this broad or imagines it can define something in the head of the victim and in the head of the perpetrator at the same time, let alone what might be in the head of the judge. i yield back and oppose this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida.

Virginia Foxx

1:04:35 to 1:08:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Virginia Foxx

1:04:53 to 1:05:13( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: mr. hastings: i'd like to inquire of the gentlelady if she has any remaing speakers? i'm the last speaker for this side and am prepared to reserve. ms. foxx: i'm prepared to close. mr. hastin balance of my time until the gentlelady has closed for her side a

Virginia Foxx

1:05:14 to 1:05:35( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina has three minutes remaing. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. my colleagues who have spoken here today have been extremely eloquent and they've done a very, very good job of saying why this rule is bad and why the underlying bill is bad. i want to

Virginia Foxx

1:05:36 to 1:05:57( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: and with a quote. i want to quote from a column by william raspberry from "the washington post", april 1999, and i'm ending -- quoting from the end of that column. the title of it is "thought crimes."

Virginia Foxx

1:05:58 to 1:06:18( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: what i'm asking is this, isn't it enough that people be punished for what they do, rather than for the attitudes that drive them to do it? what is the advantage of amounts to crimes of wrong thinking? surely we don't expect expanded legislation to change their thinking, and we've already got laws against the awful behavior

Virginia Foxx

1:06:19 to 1:06:40( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: their warped thinking may produce. but i can't see that clinton's proposal c whatever. as i s negligible harm so i'll shut up. mr. raspberry is certainly not a conservative speaker or writer. however, he shares the same view that i and my colleagues

Virginia Foxx

1:06:41 to 1:07:01( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: have shared today. let me summarize again why we're opposed to this bill. our criminal justice system has been built on the ideal of equal justice for all. this bill turns that fundamental principle on its head. justice will no longer be equal but will depend on the race, gender, gender identity, sexual

Virginia Foxx

1:07:02 to 1:07:22( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: orientation, disability or other protected status of the victim. we believe, and will likely be struck down by the courts. the hate crimes bill will restrict religious freedom and first amendment rights by raising the possibility that religious leaders or members of religious groups could be

Virginia Foxx

1:07:23 to 1:07:43( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: prosecuted criminally based on their speech or protected activities. we believe this bill itself will spread fear and intimidation. religious organizations may be chill from expressing their ideas regarding homosexuality

Virginia Foxx

1:07:44 to 1:08:05( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: from fear of being involved in the process. in 2007, 17,000 homicides that occurred in the united states, only nine of the murders were determined to be motivated by bias. regarding crimes where there are actu evidence that states are not

Virginia Foxx

1:08:06 to 1:08:26( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: fully prosecuting violent crimes involving, quote, hate. we all agree every violent crime is deplorable, regardless of its motivation. every violent crime can be devastating, not only to the victim but the larger community whose public safety has been violated. that is why all 1r50eu7b89 crimes must be vigorously prosecuted.

Virginia Foxx

1:08:27 to 1:08:35( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: individuals produces prosecuted under this legislati, though, are not going to be punished for just their actions, but for their thoughts.

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