Okay, after looking over all this, here are my thoughts...
Hate Crime Laws: To a degree, HCLs not only discourage violent crimes, but also prevent people from becoming serial criminals. It's common knowledge in the law enforcement community that serial killers and rapists tend to fixate upon a given subset of persons - and then commit those crimes against that subset. So, theoretically, a serial rapist could be charge with a hate crime on top of his others. Furthermore, HCLs punish racism - something that Christians should be on board with, since it says in the Bible that all peoples are equal. However, as others have mentioned, it is possible to charge people with a hate crime wrongfully.
Take this example: a white crack addict beats up a black person and steals his wallet because he needs a fix. Sounds simple enough - until a police search turns up virulent anti-black literature in his place of residence. Do you charge him with a hate crime, or no?
To me, it would depend upon a pattern of behavior. If you look at his rap sheet and find, hey, he only beats up black people when he's looking for crack money, then hell yes slap him with a hate crime. If he's an equal opportunity offender, however, charging him with a hate crime is a violation of his freedom to believe what he wants.
In short, the hate crime statue should be reserved for serial offenders, and not every Tom, Dick, and Harry that winds up in court.
Christianity complaining about this: The problem with Christianity, like *every* religion, is that there are always crazy fundamentalist whackjobs who complain about life choices that people make, from their sexual orientation to which schools people send their kids to. And unfortunately, this minority of people is *always* the loudest, preaching damnation and hellfire when they should be preaching repentance and acceptance.
Take the Biblical example of Paul the Apostle: before his conversion, he was a *virulent* hater of the Christian faith, and actively sought to make the lives of Christians *everywhere* miserable. All of a sudden, he gets turned around because of his conversion, and now is seeking to join the early Christian church. Now, I wasn't there, but I'm sure that at least *some* people raised eyebrows over the fact that Paul claimed to be converted. But, what did they do? They accepted him; they took his repentance as truth - and *now* he's perhaps one of the most respected figures in Christianity.
Furthermore, there is a saying: "Anyone who claims to have moral superiority...doesn't." If you claim to be a better person than someone else, *just* because of your religion, then that's wrong. The Book of James tells us that if we have faith - *true* faith - then there will be evidence of it, evidence done in the way of good doing, good thinking, and good living. And that should be *regardless* of where you come from, who your father was, and what you do.
I heard a priest say this once: "True Christians come with a discloser - no person shall, on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or lifestyle, be denied charity." Basically, if you are a Christian, then you should help people who need helping - no matter *how* different they might be from you.
That's just my thoughts on it.