Expansion of Hate Crime Criteria

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Expansion of Hate Crime Criteria

April 9, 2024

Memorandum of Support

Re: A6929 McGowan / S7040 Weber
Expands the criteria for a hate crime 

The above referenced bill expands the criteria for a hate crime to include trespass committed at a house of worship. The New York State Catholic Conference strongly supports this legislation.

Current geopolitical events, culture wars and societal divisions have led to a significant increase in attacks on religious groups. This dangerous trend threatens the sacred right to religious freedom. Worshippers are living in fear as people are hurt, or worse. Churches, synagogues, and mosques have been desecrated and damaged. We must do more to put an end to this horror and protect religious liberty. This proposal is a good first step, and we applaud the sponsors for introducing it.

Religious bigotry and hate cannot go unchecked. During these frightening times, we must come together and stand strong against violence and intolerance. We urge you to enact this critical piece of legislation.