Today Stacy Harp has put up yet more lies about Hate Crime legislation. What she posted was written by Stephen Adams, an associate editor (of something–Stacy doesn’t say). But as usual, it is nothing but hype and lies. Mr. Adams writes about what is happening in Canada. And this has become a favorite scare tactic of Americans who believe that Hate Crimes are bad. They use Canada as an example, even though there are many differences between here and there (which they conveniently like to ignore). Anyway, Mr. Adams uses as his example Stephen Boissoin, a Canadian pastor. This pastor wrote not only that gays were wicked, but that:
“From kindergarten class on,” he wrote, “our children, your grandchildren are being strategically targeted, psychologically abused and brainwashed by homosexual and pro-homosexual educators.”
Boissoin thinks that he was trying to start a spiritual debate, but in reality what he was doing was spreading hate and lies. There is no evidence at all that kids are ‘psychologically abused and brainwashed’ when they are taught to treat people equally. None whatsoever. Therefore he is spreading lies and hate against gays and lesbians. This ‘spiritual debate’ came to the notice of the Alberta Human Rights Commission and he was charged with hate-mongering. Now in Canada this can happen (and I think here they are correct–this guy is doing nothing but spreading lies and hate which leads to violence against gays and lesbians). But in the U.S. this will not happen. Many good examples can be found. For example, when was the last time a KKK member was arrested for saying something negative about black people? (race is now protected under the Hate Crime legislation) When was the last time a man was thrown in jail for saying something negative about a woman (gender is now protected under the Hate Crime legislation)? When was the last time an atheist thrown in jail for saying something negative about Christians? The same will be the case when a Christian has something negative to say about gays and lesbians. It just won’t happen. However, if violence occurred, then that is when the Hate Crime legislation will begin to work. Anyone can see that there is a difference between hateful speech and hateful violence.
This article even mentions someone named Ashley Horne, a ‘federal issues analyst for Focus on the Family Action’:
Ashley Horne, federal issues analyst for Focus on the Family Action, warned that cases such as Boissoin’s demonstrate that a federal hate-crimes law could be used to punish religious free speech.
“In this country, anyone who ‘induces’ a federal crime can also be charged under federal law,” she said. “So, if a parishioner who listened to his pastor’s sermon on the biblical view of homosexuality later committed a violent act against a homosexual, the parishioner could be charged with a federal ‘hate crime,’ and his pastor could be charged federally for ‘inducing a hate crime.’ ”
I hope that Ashley Horne can read the legislation, or at least think about what it says before becoming so hysterical. Her example is a lie as well. If a pastor said this, and someone kills a gay or lesbian person, there will be little the law can do to this pastor. HOWEVER, if the pastor said ‘gays and lesbians should be killed’, then I see no reason why the pastor shouldn’t be thrown into prison for incitement. This pastor would be charged under normal crimes of inciting violence anyway, even if there were no protections for gays and lesbians.
So do me a favor, Stacy Harp and all you other people who are adamantly against gays and lesbians from getting legal protections under the Hate Crime Legislation–read the proposed legislation and tell me what the part about ‘free speech’ has to say and what it means. If you can’t do that, I will do it for you.