Thursday, September 10, 2009

Depressing and a Hate Crime

5 teens attack, injure Muslim girl on school bus in Ann Arbor (Detroit Free Press)

What a great way to be a welcoming community. (SARCASM. HEAVILY LADEN.) And I do wonder, what was the bus driver doing during this and why didn't he or she notice this going on?

Meanwhile, John Conyers is working on an expansion of a hate crimes bill, and it looks like we need it.

The ACLU says:

The House hate crimes bill is pitch-perfect. It punishes only the conduct of intentionally selecting another person for violence because of that person’s race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identify or disability.House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and more than 40 bipartisan co-sponsors deserve credit for introducing what could become the first federal law of its kind to protect against violence due to someone’s gender, sexual orientation, gender identify or disability.But this bill doesn’t punish bigotry, as ugly as those beliefs are.So let’s really explore concerns that the hate crimes bill will chill free speech and association.For years, the ACLU was concerned enough to withhold support for this bill.That problem was fixed in 2005.

Now, the ACLU strongly supports the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crime Prevent Act of 2009. For four years, the ACLU has fought for this legislation as protecting both civil rights and free speech and association.

Here is what CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) has to say about it.


  1. Updated information now at,

    And apparently the bus driver had driven off, thinking the issues were resolved. So the attack did not take place on the bus. The transportation department might want to review their policies as to how to handle a fight when the students have gotten off. Should they call the police to check on things, for instance?

  2. Honestly, perhaps, the bus driver would make sure if a bunch of kids were making trouble with one alone, that the busdriver keep the kid on the bus, and make sure they get home okay...

  3. I am a freshman at the school that this happened at, and the one girl in the group of attackers went to elementary and middle school with me ... she has been a bully since second grade. One of my friends was on the bus that this happened on, and she is really scarred; I feel really bad for her and hope these students are punished well.