- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

simply for who they are. And it is worse than crass to impute to this caricature of Emmett a philosophy of exclusion, as if that is the lesson we should learn from his horrible death.

Your malignant contribution to the debate over the hate crimes bill brings to mind another blighted moment in our history - the abuse of power by the late Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy during his anti-communism crusade. During one hearing, Joseph N. Welch, an attorney representing the U.S. Army, could keep silent no longer. “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” he asked. “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” We ask that same question of The Times.

WADE HENDERSON

President and CEO

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Washington

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