I've already commented on this subject in the past, but the subject just won't die. With hate crime legislation having passed the House of Representatives, and now in the Senate, right-wing blogs (like FreeRepublic) are openly lying about what it includes.
Egged on by conservative politicians, the righties are pretending that the phrase "sexual orientation" has an unknown definition. They claim that pedophilia (and countless other 'philias) are sexual orientations. They are not. So, when you read that Democrats are fighting to protect pedophiles with hate crimes laws, you are reading lies. Plain and simple. Here, for the uninitiated, is the definition from the APA:
If you still don't get it, there is more at the source: APA
And if you want to see what kind of idiocy the FReepers are swallowing whole, you can go here. But I wouldn't recommend it.