So why the quotes in the title of my blog? Because the AFA is neither American, nor is it about Family. It should the the American Hate Society, since that is all that this horrible group deals with.
Just as we were about to go out last night to celebrate my birthday, I received another email alert from the AFA. I signed up to receive these voluntarily just so I could keep track of what this hate group is doing. Sometimes I regret this, especially when I get an email like this:
House of Representatives set to vote on ‘hate crimes’ giving homosexuals special rights
Contact Your Representative In Opposition to HR 254 Today!
The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on HR 254, which establishes “hate crime” legislation. HR 254 will create new special rights for homosexuals under the guise of enhancing law enforcement. It would make “sexual orientation” a protected class alongside race, religion and gender.
The only way this bill can be defeated is with a real grassroots uprising by those who care about the future of their children, families and marriages!
The intent of this law is to force the acceptance and approval of homosexuality on every American, regardless of their religious views. Here is a short summary of HR 254.
For a more in-depth review of where we are headed, click here.
So this hate group is upset that gays and lesbians will be a protected class along with them–their choice of being in a religion based on hate is protected, while being gay and lesbian, which is not a choice, is something that is currently not protected.
Let’s look at the real legislation (there are more sections that deal with penalties):
David’s Law (Introduced in House)
HR 254 IH
H. R. 254
To enhance Federal enforcement of hate crimes, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 5, 2007
Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To enhance Federal enforcement of hate crimes, and for other purposes.
- Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
- This Act may be cited as the `David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007′ or `David’s Law’.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
- Congress finds that–
- (1) the incidence of violence motivated by the actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability of the victim poses a serious national problem;
- (2) such violence disrupts the tranquility and safety of communities and is deeply divisive;
- (3) existing Federal law is inadequate to address this problem;
- (4) such violence affects interstate commerce in many ways, including–
- (A) by impeding the movement of members of targeted groups and forcing such members to move across State lines to escape the incidence or risk of such violence; and
- (B) by preventing members of targeted groups from purchasing goods and services, obtaining or sustaining employment or participating in other commercial activity;
- (5) perpetrators cross State lines to commit such violence;
- (6) instrumentalities of interstate commerce are used to facilitate the commission of such violence;
- (7) such violence is committed using articles that have traveled in interstate commerce;
- (8) violence motivated by bias that is a relic of slavery can constitute badges and incidents of slavery;
- (9) although many local jurisdictions have attempted to respond to the challenges posed by such violence, the problem is sufficiently serious, widespread, and interstate in scope to warrant Federal intervention to assist such jurisdictions; and
- (10) many States have no laws addressing violence based on the actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability, of the victim, while other States have laws that provide only limited protection.
SEC. 3. DEFINITION OF HATE CRIME.
- In this Act, the term `hate crime’ has the same meaning as in section 280003(a) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (28 U.S.C. 994 note).
SEC. 4. PROHIBITION OF CERTAIN ACTS OF VIOLENCE.
- Section 245 of title 18, United States Code, is amended–
Preaching that homosexuality is a sin from the pulpit will result in the preacher being charged with “hate speech.”
Churches will have their tax-exempt status revoked if they oppose homosexuality.
Homosexual marriage will be legalized and recognized in all states.
Polygamy will be legalized.
Landlords will be forced to rent to homosexuals.
Scouts, and all non-profit organizations, will be required to hire homosexuals as leaders.
Biblical language used to define homosexuality will be considered “hate speech.” City officials have already had a billboard removed in Long Island, NY, because it was classified as “hate speech.” The billboard read: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” (Leviticus 20:13)
Employees will not be allowed to say anything negative about homosexuality in their workplaces.
Classes promoting the homosexual lifestyle will be included in school curricula beginning with the lower grades.
Employers will be forced to hire homosexuals.
Adoption by homosexuals will be legalized in every state.
- (1) by redesignating subsections (c) and (d) as subsections (d) and (e), respectively; and
- (2) by inserting after subsection (b) the following:
`(c)(1) Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin of any person–
- `(A) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, or fined in accordance with this title, or both; and
- `(B) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or fined in accordance with this title, or both if–
- `(i) death results from the acts committed in violation of this paragraph; or
- `(ii) the acts committed in violation of this paragraph include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.
`(2)(A) Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability of any person–
- `(i) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, or fined in accordance with this title, or both; and`(ii) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or fined in accordance with this title, or both, if–
- `(I) death results from the acts committed in violation of this paragraph; or
- `(II) the acts committed in violation of this paragraph include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill
- ***Notice what this whole legislation has to due with–actual physical violence. But what does the AFA think it is all about?:
Here is a partial list of what homosexual activists are trying to force on every American. While HR 254 will not, in and of itself, accomplish these goals, it will open the door to such regulations. Once the elephant gets its trunk under the tent, the way is open for the elephant to move inside and do whatever he wants.
To read HR 254, click here.
Let me say again: HR 254 will not, in and of itself, accomplish everything the homosexual activist’s desire. But it is the first step is to position their cause where they can achieve all their goals.
If they are successful with HR 254, rest assured they will pursue their next goal and will not stop until they achieve all their goals.
***Notice that there is nothing in this legislation about hate speech–it just isn’t there. This is one giant lie that groups like AFA tell in order to get their members to act in a certain way. The above list is nothing but a scare tactic and they should be ashamed of themselves (but I know they are not).
They also state more problems they think they will have when ‘sexual orientation’ is added:
– It violates the concept of equal protection under the law by granting more government protection to certain classes of people.
– It is an overreach of federal power – allowing federal government intervention into local and state affairs.
– It paves the way to religious persecution through “hate speech”, in particular for Christians and other faith groups who hold traditional beliefs on homosexuality.
Notice that they are upset that ‘more’ people will be added to the protected status that they themselves are a part of. And it DOES NOT pave the way for hate speech.
Have these people thought about what it means that the government has included gays and lesbians in the hate crime legislation? It shows everyone that groups like AFA deal out hate like they deal out bumperstickers and buttons. That is what they are really afraid that people might learn from all of this.
If you want to hear more shit from groups like AFA, just read here, which is a diatribe by the Concerned Women For America, written in 2005.