The vast majority of objections that have been raised to proposed US hate crime legislation are nothing more than politically motivated (and hateful) knee-jerk reactions by yahooistic wingnuts.
But that is just my opinion. Which is correct. But if want a more dispassionate and exacting discussion of this issue, you must read this piece by Stephanie Zvan. In fact, you can’t comment on my site about hate crime until you have been certified as having read it.