My pastor just wrote an excellent post on his blog concerning hate speech. While as a constitutional conservative I abhor the idea of our federal government outlawing free speech, we must remember that Scripture clearly condemns racist, bigoted, unwholesome or vulgar speech. Again, let me state that I oppose any attempt by our government to outlaw hate speech. I see this as a clear attempt to silence Biblical opposition to homosexuality in particular. However, Christians must stand above the fray and not revert to ungodly communication. We represent the Lord Jesus Christ. In our opposition to homosexuality and immorality, we ought also to oppose hatred, racism and ignorance.
Pastor Bixby states all of this in a much more intelligent, Biblical and meaningful way here – http://bobbixby.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/love-your-neighbor-and-hate-hate-speech/.