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Saturday, March 3, 2007
LAW OF THE LAND
belief a 'hate crime' under plan
proposal would mandate jail time for dissing a 'gay'
Posted: March 3, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
The National Prayer
Network is promoting a campaign aimed at defeating "hate crimes"
Americans worried about new "hate crime" legislation that could be used
to make criminals of those whose religious faith doesn't endorse
homosexuality could be facing a two-pronged attack, according to groups
that monitor those developments.
The newest threat is being prepared by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the head
of the House Judiciary Committee, whose work is being called "The Local
Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007," according to the Rev.
Ted Pike, of the National
He said a letter to other members of the House was intercepted by Focus
on the Family and indicated that it "gives the federal government even
more power to create a bias motivation justice system, turning America
into a police state."
Michael Marcavage, director of Repent
America and Pike both had alerted their constituencies earlier to H.R.
254, or the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which could create
"anti-hate" restrictions and penalties.
Marcavage told WND that plan would invert American justice, and instead
of requiring evidence it would leave it to someone who claims to be
offended to determine whether a "crime" has been committed.
"Truth is not allowed as evidence in hate crimes trials. … A homosexual
can claim emotional damage from hearing Scripture that describes his
lifestyle as an abomination. He can press charges against the pastor or
broadcaster who merely reads the Bible in public. The 'hater' can be fined
thousands of dollars and even imprisoned!" Marcavage said.
So there immediately was a flood of calls to Congress with opposition
to H.R. 254 and it appeared that the plan might not make it out of
committee. In fact, records show it still is pending in the House
But Pike is says the danger is far from over.
Rev. Ted Pike, of the
National Prayer Network
"I think H.R. 254 may be a decoy, designed to absorb the bulk of
protest from Christians and conservatives. Because of massive protest, it
may be voted down or set aside in Judiciary soon. But Conyers will then
substitute the bill that's really wanted by the Anti-Defamation league of
B'nai B'rith, architect of this legislation," Pike said.
"Conyers could reintroduce this bill very soon. Since Nancy Pelosi and
the House Rules Committee can speed any bill forward for a House vote,
even bypassing Judiciary altogether, Conyers and Pelosi could almost
immediately put LLEHCPA at the head of the docket and up for a vote in the
House," he said.
Pike said the same plan passed the House in 2005, but not the Senate.
This year, "buttressed by a host of co-sponsors and virtually untainted by
criticism, it could be sped forward," he said.
But he said mainstream media has remained virtually silent, and "the
vast majority of Americans remain oblivious to the existence of the hate
bill in Congress, or how it dangles like the blade of a guillotine over
our precious and vulnerable liberty," Pike said.
"Now more than ever, 'eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,'" Pike
has reported, such laws already have been used around the world, where
in Canada pastors are fearful of reading biblical injunctions against
homosexuality, and in Australia where two pastors were convicted of
The H.R. 254 plan, proposed by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, is
"stealth legislation at its most devious," Pike said earlier. He said
people take a glance, and then say, "This bill just wants federal power to
prosecute bias-motivated violent crimes in the states – what's wrong with
"There's plenty wrong with that!" he said. First, the Constitution does
not grant federal government the "police state privilege" of being your
local law enforcement. "Unless the government finds evidence of slavery in
the states, jury tampering, voter fraud, or crimes involving interstate
commerce (where jurisdiction is unclear), the Constitution's message to
the federal government is blunt and emphatic: 'Butt out of local law
However, Pike said the authors of the new legislation have been clever,
inserting in the proposal assertions that because five states do not have
hate laws, the federal government has "no choice" but to "enhance federal
enforcement of hate crimes." That includes new ranks of federal agents to
address the "serious national problem" that exists.
Worse yet, there are some key phrases that open doors wide that many
people don't want opened. For example, Pike said, the bill is to "prevent
and respond to alleged violations," meaning "the government does not even
have to wait until a hate crime has been committed but may act
pre-emptively to 'prevent' crime."
Peter LaBarbera, of Americans
for Truth, noted that in Canada and France both, legislators have been
fined for publicly criticizing homosexuality. Three years ago, a Swedish
hate crimes law was used to put Pastor Ake Green, who preached that
homosexuality is a sin, in jail for a month.
"And recently, a British couple told how they were denied the chance to
adopt because it was determined that their Christian faith might
'prejudice' them against a homosexual child put in their care," LaBarbera
Already in the United States, Catholic Charities of Boston halted all
adoption operations in the state after being told under Massachusetts'
pro-'gay' nondiscrimination law, only agencies that placed children in
homosexual-led households would get licensed by the state.
He suggested a visit to StopHateCrimesNow
to hear the testimonies of those who have had first-hand experience with
so-called "hate crimes" laws. A 75-year-old grandmother describes how she
was jailed for testifying about the Bible, in the United States.
Members who commented on
a blog expressed alarm.
"This lays the groundwork for the 'thought police,'" said "onlymom,"
while "curveboy" said, "the implications of such a bill would put dissent
of the government under hate speech and (offenders could) be arrested and
thrown into detention camps... hate bill legislations needs to be dealt
with in a fine line. once crossed there won't be any freedom of
Repent America, some of whose members already have served jail time
simply for proclaiming the biblical message, is joining in sounding
"Having been charged under Pennsylvania's hate crimes law for declaring
the truth about homosexuality, I can assure you that if this bill is
passed and signed into law, it will be used to put Christians behind
bars," said Marcavage.
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