In the dark of night in D.C., the Congress and the President have slipped a bill past the American voters by hiding it in this year's defense appropriations bill. The timing of the announcement, after dark, (see video below) was obviously intended to avoid the daily news cycle so fewer people will become wise of the administration's backing of the Gay Agenda.
This 'hate crimes' law will certainly have a chilling effect on the freedom of Christians to read the Bible publicly, despite the provision that is claimed to ensure such free speech. One must look no further than every other country with such 'hate crimes' laws to see how it muzzles preachers and even threatens grandmas from speaking freely.
Call to Action: Inform your church leaders of the pervasive effects of the Gay Agenda; obey 2 Chronicles 7:14. America's only hope is THE Church.
-- From "Obama signs hate crimes bill into law" posted at CNN 10/28/09
President Obama on Wednesday signed a law that makes it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.
The expanded federal hate crimes law, hailed by supporters as the first major federal gay rights legislation, was added to a $680 billion defense authorization bill that Obama signed at a packed White House ceremony.
Several religious groups have expressed concern that a hate crimes law could be used to criminalize conservative speech relating to subjects such as abortion or homosexuality. However, Holder has said that any federal hate-crimes law would be used only to prosecute violent acts based on bias, not to prosecute speech based on controversial racial or religious beliefs.
Earlier this month, Obama told the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest gay rights group, that the nation still needs to make significant changes to ensure equal rights for gays and lesbians.
Former President George W. Bush had threatened to veto a similar measure, but Obama brought a reversal of that policy to the White House.
Among other things, Obama has called for the repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military -- the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. He also has urged Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and pass the Domestic Partners Benefit and Obligations Act.
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