Thursday, May 3

Stop Hate Crime/Thought Crime Bill!

Act Now!

our help is needed to help stop a Hate Crimes bill in Congress being voted on May 3rd.

The "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Act of 2007" or H.R. 1592 is being voted on TODAY not only destroys the equal protection of those who are not homosexuals but as recent testimony has clarified, seriously threatens our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

This bill provides special penalties for those who commit crimes against those who engage in homosexual activities or some undefined state of "sexual orientation" or "gender identity".

Additionally it threatens freedom of speech and religious freedom.

This was all clearly identified during committee hearings during which Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asked, “If a minister was giving a sermon, a Bible study or any kind of written or spoken message saying that homosexuality was a serious sin and a person in the congregation went out and committed a crime against a homosexual would the minister be charged with the crime of incitement?”

Democrat Congressman Artur Davis from Alabama eventually said “Yes.”

This exchange erupted after Rep. Mike Pence proposed an amendment that would have added: “Nothing in this section limits the religious freedom of any person or group under the constitution.” This amendment was voted down by the Democratic majority on the committee.

If Congressman are admitting that a Pastor could be charged with incitement for teaching about homosexuality and amendments to protect religious freedom are voted down there is little doubt how seriously this bill threatens many of the fundamental freedoms we wish to defend.

Please call or email your Congressman. (It only takes a few minutes and please use your home Representative.)

Email: http://www.rallycongress.com/libertassociety/

Call Capital Switchboard: 1-800-839-5276

Ask them to vote NO on H.R. 1592.

4 Comments:

Jake said...

It amazes me how you don't want people to have choice yet a little oversite over fear/hate mongering and you act like it's the end the US as we know it. You know full well this measure would be looking at blantant anti-homosexual violence promoters like Fred Phelps (for an extreme example), not your local pastor who feels homosexuality is a sin, but still empathizes with them. Charles Manson never killed anybody, you know, he just got others to do it for him.

Anonymous said...

I think you should go back and look at the house transcript yourself. The section that you quoted is false.

The only way a preacher would be implicated in a crime like this is if he/she told someone to attack/kill someone...not for benign "That's against God's law" statements.

Why would a Christian want to protect someone who is inciting violence anyway?

The proof? In 40 years, not one person has been charged under the current hate crimes act with "thought crimes".

Lucas said...

I went and looked at the transcript again. I hold to what I first said.

Lucas said...

Jake,

Nice to think that but Swedish pastors have been charged under a similar bill just for saying that homosexuality is wrong. And in Canada they get fined for printing that homosexuality is wrong. Nice to think but the facts say otherwise.