"What makes [hate] crimes so odious, is that they are not just crimes against individuals; they are crimes against entire communities [to] create environments of fear. There is a difference between burning a cross on the lawn of an African-American family and an act of simple arson. This legislation clarifies that our country has zero tolerance for hate crimes."
--Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), on the House passage of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act as part of a defense spending bill