Well, knowing how hate crimes legislation is usually misrepresented, coupled with the proven hyperbole of right wingers with microphones and television shows, I looked up the legislation just to make sure. Even Hannity said "this is unbelievable," and apparently, those were the only words of truth he spoke in his opening segment.
Just as I suspected, the complaints about the new legislation are nothing more than sensationalism, partisan hackery and outrage-as-news bullshit.
Let us take the money quote from the action section of the legislation. Someone can be persecuted for a hate crime if they:
willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin of any person...
willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerouse weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person
Nothing about speech. Nothing about pedophiles and veterans. So, what in the world is Hannity talking about?
He's talking about a GOP amendment specifically designed to inject pedophilia into this debate.
Luckily, John Stewart at the Daily Show already took this issue to task, and included college football as well. For those of you who think Stewart is "too liberal" as opposed to "rooted in common sense and comedy," please see also his reference to hate crimes as redundant, which is the only rational place this 'debate' should exist.
You still don't get to hit them.