Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hate Crimes Bill Racing Towards Final Passage!

Today, Democrats in the House of Representatives, passed a so-called “ hate crimes bill”!

That bill is now on the fast track to the Senate.

This bill must be stopped, now! It must be stopped before the liberals succeed in sneaking it through the Senate!

In spite of what it’s proponents say, this can and will be used to stifle speech and/or thought.

Congressman Louie Gohmert had this to say--

“When we tried to get the term sexual orientation narrowed down to where it didn't include something like a pedophile... that was voted down on party lines... there are about 30 different types of sexual orientations, and they can include exhibitionism and voyeurism or things that are so offensive such as pedophilia or necrophilia. The problem is that the supporters of this bill did not want to exclude any of those and even voted down the amendment that would have excluded pedophilia.”

Gohmert also pointed out the absurdity of the legislation as written which would warrant the prosecution of a woman under the federal hate crimes statues if she hits a flasher with her purse after he exposed himself to her. Exhibitionism is a protected sexual orientation under this bill.

The one who did the flashing committed a local misdemeanor,' Gohmert said. 'The one who hit with the purse singled him out because he's an exhibitionist, and therefore she has now committed a federal hate crime and is looking at felony time."

Kevin Theriot with the Alliance Defense Fund said it best:

"So-called 'hate crime' laws actually serve only one purpose: The criminalization of citizens based on whatever thoughts, beliefs, and emotions they have that are not considered to be 'politically correct.' No one should fall for the idea that this bill does anything to bring about greater justice for Americans."

Mathew Staver with the Liberty Council stated:

"In and of itself this law can be applied to speech. The nature of assault - putting someone in fear of their safety - what will that mean for someone preaching against homosexuality?" George W. Bush fought this legislation on the grounds that it could be used to prosecute those whose views are out of line with those of the radical gay movement. A very similar bill has been used in Canada to persecute ministers that dared to speak their church doctrine from the pulpit!

This bill is dangerously broad and will probably be used to strike down pedophile notification and registration laws.

Contact your Senators NOW!

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