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Letter to the editor: Please, no social engineering

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Friday, January 06, 2017 8:01 AM

An open letter to all our legislators:

With the 2017 legislative session in the offing, it is time to offer some advice to those who represent us. Indiana should steer clear of all attempts at social engineering through legislation. The status quo works just fine; it ain’t broke, so don’t try to “fix” it.

To be more specific, all violent crimes are hate crimes of one sort or another. We do not need another layer of law that requires people to try to judge whether one crime or another merits the special punishment decreed by so-called “hate-crime” legislation. I challenge anyone to demonstrate that calling a crime a “hate crime” has ever deterred anyone from committing it. The punishments already available in law are adequate.

Another contemplated piece of legislation would add amorphous gender-identity language into anti-discrimination laws. Laws need to be based on clear and accurate definitions. Conversely, gender-identity ideology states that a person is what he or she says he or she is on any particular day, at any particular moment. How is it even possible to legislate that?

Gender-identity is not the same thing as sex change. If an adult has actually had the sex-change surgery and has committed to the change, that is one thing. Giving special rights to people who “feel like” one gender or the other is something totally different.

Common sense will prevail if our legislators just get out of the way. Doing nothing is often the best choice. I recommend it.

Patrick Christle

New Haven

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