Monday, April 06, 2009

New Hate Crimes Bill by IL Congressman Mark Kirk

Christian organizations are warning constituents of a potential stealth attack on their faith in Congress with the launch of another "hate crimes" law, similar to a previous measure adopted with only minutes' notice.

Illinois residents, click here to E-mail your congressman.

UPDATE 4/28/09: Congressman Mark Kirk's Feverish Defense of Thought Crimes Legislation

-- From "Federal legislation providing resources for law enforcement to combat hate violence introduced in House" by Human Rights Campaign, Out in America Newswire 4/3/09

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, hailed [Wednesday] the re-introduction of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act [HR 1913], which would provide local police and sheriff's departments with federal resources to combat hate violence. After more than a decade of lobbying on Capitol Hill and seven successful votes on the bill, this critical piece of legislation was introduced with bipartisan support by Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).

The LLEHCPA gives the Justice Department the power to investigate and prosecute bias motivated violence where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

For extensive background on "Hate Crimes" laws in America and around the world, CLICK HERE.

From "Congress resurrecting 'hate crimes' plan?" by Bob Unruh © 2009 WorldNetDaily 4/2/09

. . . Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas . . . said [hate crimes law] would allow prosecutors to "go after a minister … who says [sexual] relations outside of the marriage of a man and a woman are wrong."

The congressman says if there is a crime, and the suspect says he was inspired by a minister, the preacher suddenly also would be a defendant in the crime.

Tony Perkins of FRC Action . . . emphasized that the scenario explained by Gohmert not only is possible but probable.

"How would it happen? A federal 'hate crimes' law prohibiting 'bodily injury' could be construed by many law enforcement officials and judges to include words that inflict emotional or psychological distress," he said. "That means an 'offended' homosexual could accuse a religious broadcaster … a pastor … Sunday School teacher … or other individual of causing emotional injury simply by expressing the biblical view that homosexual behavior is morally wrong and unhealthy.

"That's all it could take to trigger a wave of federal prosecutions and begin an era of censorship like America has never seen!" he warned.

WND reported, during Obama's inauguration, his agenda was posted on the WhiteHouse website where he listed federal "hate crimes" laws as his second priority.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.