With a Democrat majority in the House and Senate, and Obama in the White House, the liberals figure it's time to just go nuts "for the children." To that end they have introduced two bills recently, both named after dead children. This seems to me to be in extremely poor taste, but apparently using dead children to create a logic-proof shield for your agenda is even more effective than using dead soldiers.
The "Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act" and the "Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act" have a great deal in common, aside from their indelicate exploitation of the deceased. These acts both violate the 14th Amendment, which guarantees "the equal protection of the laws" to all citizens. They also violate the 1st Amendment, by controlling speech deemed by the authorities to be "hate" speech, or speech "with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person."
That's right. If this legislation passes, hurting someone's feelings will be a federal crime, punishable by up to 2 years in prison, a fine, or both. Give me a break.
Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act (H.R. 1966)
Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913, S. 909, S. Amdt. 1511)