After shooting, Sikhs push for more legal protections

(RNS) U.S. Sikhs are taking heart in a widely publicized hearing on hate crimes that they see as a first step toward better understanding of the community and increased legal protections. By Jeanie Groh.

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Faith and rights groups call for hate crime hearings

WASHINGTON (RNS) Following a rash of recent attacks, a coalition of more than 150 organizations is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to conduct hearings next month on hate crimes and hate groups in the United States. By Chris Lisee.

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Hate crimes law used to prosecute Amish beard attacks

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(RNS) A pair of scissors transported across state lines in a series of beard-cutting attacks on the Amish have emerged as a controversial element in Ohio's first case under a landmark 2009 federal law that expanded government powers to prosecute hate crimes. By Harlan Spector.

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