There Are Not Enough Hate Crime Laws

Posted: 10/12/2009 by that's Elbert in laws, liberal, Michael Castle, Politics

Last Thursday, the US House passed HR2647, a bill authorizing appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for the Department of Defense. Stuffed away in this bill are some controversial expansions of so-called “hate crimes”. If passed in the US Senate and signed by the President, it will add “sexual orientation” to a list of federally protected classes.

These extremist measures threaten First Amendment rights of free speech and the freedom of religion. Charisma News reports:

Several Christian leaders have decried the hate crimes law, saying it could criminalize preaching against homosexuality. They point to cases in Canada and Sweden, where Christians have faced criminal prosecution for preaching that homosexual practice is a sin.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins states additional injustices of the bill:

Congress should protect all Americans equally and not provide special protections to a few politically favored groups. A vote in favor of so-called ‘hate crimes’ legislation is a direct violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause, since all violent crimes are hate crimes, and every victim is equally important. All of our citizens deserve equal justice under the law. Do we somehow care less about victims violently assaulted in the act of robbery or during a personal dispute than we do about those assaulted because they belong in a federally designated, politically motivated category?

Rep. Tom Price of Georgia adds to Mr. Perkins’ statement:

“No American should be more protected from violent crime than another… Justice should be blind, but Democrats have rejected the credo of our Founders that all people are created equal. This legislation will eventually invite the prosecution of Americans for their thoughts and religious beliefs, basic provinces protected by the First Amendment.”

Sad to say Rep. Mike Castle did not stand with the GOP, instead he voted in favor of this bill.

Liberals who are quick to point out their First Amendment freedoms are just as quick to rip them from anyone who doesn’t agree with their extremist views. By the force of law they will make Americans adopt their far-left ideas. Should this legislation pass it can and will have a chilling effect on religious expression, that is if your religion doesn’t line up with theirs.


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