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July 17, 2007
"Speech and Thought Crimes"
seems to be no limit to the arrogant abuse of power among some members of
Congress. Using the terms "sexual orientation" and "gender identity,"
a whole range of sexual activities will be given special federal civil
rights "protected" status just as race and gender are today. And they're
tacking it onto a defense bill. What are they thinking?
criminalize any condemnation of homosexual activity passed the U.S. House
last May, in spite of an outpouring of opposition (see
denying equal protection"). The House roll call vote
can be seen
here. The legislation would undermine the equal protection of
heterosexual and traditional marriage advocates, whether students,
teachers, or administrators by creating federally-protected minority
group status for practitioners of all forms of sexual behavior. President
Bush has warned the Senate that he will veto the bill if they send it to
In response to
the veto-threat, Sen Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) has shamelessly announced that
he intends to add the hate crimes bill to the defense spending
bill -- to tie the inalienable rights of free speech about what is
right and wrong to funding for our national defense.
THE VOTE MAY BE
AS EARLY AS TOMORROW OR THURSDAY!
schools, students are being bombarded with the message that promote
homosexuality and more. Last April, some schools suspended students who
objected to the pro-homosexual advocacy of the Day of Silence. (See
Day of Silence," and
punished for opposing 'gay' advocacy"). This legislation is
a move to harshly silence dissent among our teachers and our youth.
crime legislation harmless to free speech, as the ACLU claims? Here are
some real life examples of how existing state hate crimes legislation has
already violated free speech (from Janet Folger,
"Intimidation" is a hate crime in this bill. No actual act of
violence is required for a person to be prosecuted. They only need to
"feel" intimidated. Chuck Colson writes:
- Madison, Wisconsin. David Ott, a former homosexual, was arrested for
a "hate crime" for sharing his testimony with a homosexual at a
gas station. He faced a $10,000 fine and one year behind bars. Seven
thousand dollars in legal fees later, [he] was ordered to attend
re-education classes at the University of Wisconsin conducted by a
- St. Petersburg, Florida. Five Christians including two pastors were
arrested at a homosexual rally for stepping onto the public sidewalk
instead of staying caged in their officially designated "free speech
- Elmira, New York. The Elmira police arrested seven Christians for
praying in a public park where a homosexual festival was getting started.
- Crystal Lake, Illinois. Two 16 year old girls are facing felony
"hate crime" charges for the content of their flyers.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Arlene Elshinnawy, a 75-year-old
grandmother of three, and Linda Beckman, a 70-year-old grandmother of 10
(along with nine others), were
arrested for sharing their faith on the public sidewalk.
crimes "criminalizes speech and does nothing to prevent violent
crimes," according to Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel in an
interview with WorldnetDaily. "All crimes are motivated by hate.
Hate crimes laws will not be used to punish the perpetrator, but will be
used to silence people of faith, religious groups, clergy, and those who
support traditional moral values."
- This bill would give the federal government jurisdiction over local
criminal offenses believed to be "motivated by prejudice." Not
just any prejudice, mind you, but prejudice based on "race, color,
religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity,
or disability of the victim." Watch those phrases sexual orientation
and gender identity, because they tell you which groups are pushing
hardest for this bill. The committee rejected amendments that would
include other groups, like veterans, the homeless, and senior citizens.
against assaults on people and property already exist? They do. In fact,
crimes against homosexuals in the United States constitute far less than
1 percent of the cases of aggravated assault.
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