Hate Crime Legislation

Last week I blogged about an email alert from the American Family Association about the Hate Crime legislation.  I’ve been thinking about this today since I read something by Randy Thomas, the new Vice President at Exodus, a group that thinks homosexuality is a choice, or at least you can make the choice to leave it.  I stopped looking at his blog a while ago when I realized it was his picture in a brochure asking that people not support the inclusion of gays and lesbians in Hate Crime legislation.  I have to say I was very mad that his organization is actively working to make my life difficult.  However, that doesn’t mean I don’t respect him as a person. I’ve sent him a post when he was caught off guard by a radio talkshow.  I’ve sent him a post when he blogged about his girlfriend (who was also on that poster). I figure everyone deserves to be happy, even though he actively works against my happiness.

I left him a note on his blog today which had to deal partially with Hate Crime legislation.  As I showed last week, the legislation has nothing whatsoever to do with hate speech.  It has everything to do with physical violence.  However, groups like Exodus and the Americans For Truth About Homosexuality and the Concerned Women For America and the Family Research Council and the American Family Association are all against the inclusion of gays and lesbians into this legislation.  They all say the same thing–that it will stop them from speaking out against homosexuality.  However, that is not true.  There are numerous KKK websites out there, and that is not against the law for them to say what they think–even though I think it should be!  Regardless, they are trying to influence legislation to keep us out of it.

Here is the notice that Exodus put out in the middle of January:

 

Exodus Urges Congress to Stop Hate Crime Legislation 

National Network of Former Homosexuals Urges Congress to Stop Hate Crimes Legislation that Threatens Religious Freedom

Dated: January 16, 2007 

Today, as the nation celebrates Religious Freedom Day, Exodus International, the world’s largest ministry to those desiring freedom from unwanted homosexuality, joins pro-family groups around the nation in urging Congress to stop a hate crimes bill that would penalize those with faith-based beliefs about homosexuality.

Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, said, “Today, we celebrate a sacred right to freely practice our individual religious beliefs, and at the same time, Congress is debating legislation that could eventually destroy these freedoms. Hate crimes legislation does not prosecute illegal actions that harm others, it prosecutes beliefs about homosexuality that for many Americans, is consistent with their faith.”

Chambers notes that there have been many examples of this in the United States and around the world. Canada, Australia, Sweden and other European nations have used hate crimes law to punish, even imprison preachers for speaking out against protected persons. Preachers have been fined or jailed in Canada and Sweden for quoting passages from the Bible about homosexuality. In England, a Christian was thrown in jail for passing out pamphlets with Bible verses condemning homosexual activity. In Philadelphia, eleven Christians were jailed for sharing a message from the Bible to a crowd of people attending a public pro-gay event.

Chambers says these and other examples should cause members of Congress to reconsider their support for hate crimes legislation. “The freedom to live our lives in a manner consistent with our faith-based beliefs is precious and so is the ability to share truth with others,” said Chambers. “As we celebrate the blessing of religious liberty today, we urge Congress to recommit to preserving these freedoms for generations to come by rejecting any legislation that would weaken or destroy it.

Alan Chambers, the President of Exodus, clearly has not read the legislation.  He thinks that it "prosecutes beliefs about homosexuality…" while the legislation clearly states that:

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–

And:

`(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–

What Alan Chambers and therefore Exodus and all those other groups are actually saying is it is o.k. to use violence against gay and lesbian people.  This is what they are ACTIVELY working for–to keep violence legal against gay and lesbians.  This is the outcome of what they want. They are against hate crime legislation for gays and lesbians. 

I don’t understand how anyone can be against any persecuted group getting into this legislation.  It is beyond me as well to think that these people are using Christianity as a reason to keep gays and lesbians out! 

Here is another example of someone named Linda Harvey at Mission America which was put up by Peter LaBarbera at AFTAH (don’t know what the website is about, but judging by her tone, I don’t really want to know!) (and the bolding is hers and my comments are not indented):

 

These incidents–vandalism, assault, intimidation–are ALREADY crimes under existing law. Adding extra punishment for “sexual orientation” incidents only makes homosexuals receive more protection than others. Is this fair?

Notice that Harvey does not say that religion, sex and race is already in the legislation–so these people receive more protection than others? 

“Hate crimes” have DECREASED in recent years, including those for sexual orientation…Check out the FBI’s web site on hate crimes, and read the stats for yourself.

This is another tactic, but what they don’t tell you is that because gays and lesbians are not in the federal hate crime legislation, not all states have to report violence against gays and lesbians.  These groups like Mission America, AFTAH, and Exodus are using this same ‘statistic’ while at the same time actively trying to prevent us from getting into the legislation!  And let me guess–if we are not included, then next year they can say there is no violent crime against gays and lesbians!  You can see what they are doing and it is wrong and disgusting.

These laws are a back door way to “bless” homosexuality, because they imply that it’s wrong to oppose the behavior.

And now the real crux of why people like Harvey oppose it:

 

The laws we have now are fine for protecting all citizens against crime. The new proposal is based on the lie that homosexuals are an unchanging minority who are “born that way,” which is not supportable by research or observed sexual practices of U.S. adults.

This is the same excuse that all these groups give.  Gays make the choice to be gay, therefore they deserve what they get.  Not supported by research?  This is another lie they want you to believe.  Of course right now there is nothing set in stone saying being gay is genetic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t. For god’s sakes, having a certain hair color is thought to be genetic but they haven’t found the gene for it yet (as far as I know!).  They are afraid that when the truth comes out that being gay is genetic, all of their hopes and dreams that their version of Christianity has taught them will all come crashing down.  Therefore they are going to fight tooth and nail to prevent this from happening. 

It also threatens the religious liberty of those who believe this is a harmful and sinful lifestyle. Hate crimes laws that include sexual orientation are being used in other countries to indict and fine Christians, even pastors, who publicly oppose homosexuality. Given the aggressiveness and ceaseless demands of “gay” activists,do we want to lose that right?

For the protection of our children against indoctrination and for the protection of our freedom to oppose homosexuality and to believe the whole Gospel, we must make Congress understand our opposition to adding “sexual orientation” to hate crimes laws.

And look at how what Alan Chambers had to say in January mimics what Harvey had to say in November of last year. 

Here is what the ‘prayer team’ over at the Family Research Council is saying on this matter:

 

ENDA & Federal Hate Crimes – During the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting last weekend, party officials said they intend to pass H.R. 254 (Federal Hate Crimes), introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) this Spring and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) this Fall. DNC Chairman Howard Dean boasted to the group’s Gay Caucus, "We had a very good year as Democrats: The first openly lesbian legislator in the state of Alabama and Oklahoma. We’re very proud of [the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council Director]… Illinois…Wisconsin… And most satisfying of all, of course: putting a little dough into the effort to beat back those kinds of amendments [traditional marriage amendments] in Arizona." Believers who understand the seriousness of this issue must lay groundwork through prayer for the defeat of these measures. Scholars increasingly assert that the homosexual agenda and religious liberty are on a collision course. They cannot coexist (see Hate Crimes; ENDA).

  • Pray that God will give great unction and success to those laboring to inform God-fearing Americans about the deeper issues and consequences of this debate. May Christians everywhere cry out to God for deliverance from these morally oppressive, revolutionary initiatives. May both be defeated. May President Bush be ready and courageous to veto them (Lev 18:22-30; Pr 17:13-15; Is 5:20; 59:12-15; Jer 44:2-11; Jude 1:6-7).

Here is what Tony Perkins from the FRC has to say about it (Feb. 1, 2007):

 

A new bill in Congress is trying to convince the House that on crime, it’s the thought that counts. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee introduced a new "hate crimes" proposal that brings America one step closer to silencing people who disagree with homosexuality. Under Jackson’s proposal, people who commit a crime would be punished–not just for their behavior–but for any prejudice they might have toward the victim. And anyone who’s found guilty of bias toward someone’s gender, sexual orientation, or disability faces even tougher penalties. Instead of ending discrimination, this bill would give special protection to victims of "politically incorrect" crimes. It would mean, for example, that a homosexual college student has more protection under the law than an eight year-old girl. And that violates the 14th Amendment. All this proposal does is turn the government into the federal "thought police" and it intimidates people with strong personal beliefs. In America, our system of justice has long stood on the foundation of objective evidence, not the pursuit of political correctness.

You can see it is the same old crap and nothing new.  And I point out again that the new legislation is about physical violence, and nothing to do with speech.  This is scare-mongering at its best.  And of course, always remember that this is the same Tony Perkins who bought the list of KKK members to start up his own little group…

 

 

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