Here are my reasons for concluding that hate crime laws are stupid. Please disagree with any or all of them as thoughtfully and reasonably as you are able. 1. They are unneccesary. The criminal acts themselves are already against the law and judges already have significant latitude when it comes to sentencing. 2. Juries are already asked to bear the heavy burden of determining whether the defendant is actually guilty of committing the crime for which he is accused. To burden the jury further with a secondary determination regarding the defendants motives is unfair to both jury and defendant. 3. Introducing the motivation element to the trial process naturally biases the jury toward believing the defendant is guilty of committing the crime in the first place. 4. Perhaps a bit more nebulous, but it seems to me that hate crime laws represent the implicit policing of thought.