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-Senate Votes to Expand ‘Hate Crimes’ to Include “gender identity, sexual orientation”

by Dr. D ~ July 18th, 2009

image The Senate passed the so-called ‘hate crimes’ bill on Thursday that expands Federal hate crimes laws to include homosexual and transgender folk. The bill was included as an amendment to a defense appropriations bill in order to get it passed.

Some Christian leaders have been concerned that the legislation might criminalize preaching against homosexuality as similar legislation has done in Canada. According to one Christian news article:

“Opponents say the measure could cause pastors who preach against homosexuality to face prosecution if their preaching is found to have "induced" a hate crime against a homosexual. They point to cases in Canada and Sweden, where Christians have faced criminal prosecution for preaching that homosexual practice is a sin.”

Response: In a earlier post I looked at the legislation that was before the House at the time and found that the greatest problem with the bill was its vague definitions of who it applied to and the wide ranged of interpretation of what constituted a ‘hate crime’ in the first place. Also, the discretion and power given to Federal authorities was rather chilling to say the least.

Good-bye equal protection under the law. What this bill actually does is gives ‘special rights’ for the first time to “gender identity, sexual orientation” but really doesn’t identify those terms.

Also, there is a dangerous open-ended loop-hole that could be interpreted by judges to include all sorts of un-told activities. What is a “federally protected activity”? Also, what kind of activities might be construed to be a ‘Hate Crime’ under this provision? No one really knows for sure at this juncture—it is all speculation.

One thing that is for sure—look for this thing to be tested and defined in court. I am assuming that President Obama will sign the bill since he asked for this legislation in the first place.        *Top

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1 Response to -Senate Votes to Expand ‘Hate Crimes’ to Include “gender identity, sexual orientation”

  1. Gladys

    “Hate Bill” Favoritism

    If “hate bill”-obsessed Congress can’t protect Christians from “gays” as much as it wants to protect “gays” from Christians, will Congress be surprised if it can’t protect itself from most everyone? If “hate bills” are forced on captive Americans, they’ll still find ways to sneakily continue to “plant” Biblical messages everywhere. By doing so they’ll hasten God’s judgment on their oppressors as revealed in Proverbs 19:1. (See related web items including “David Letterman’s Hate, Etc.,” “Separation of Raunch and State,” “Michael the Narc-Angel,” and “Bible Verses Obama Avoids.”) Since Congress can’t seem to legislate “morality,” it’s making up for it by legislating “immorality”!

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