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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Hate Crimes Bill Passes

Read Article: Passage of 'hate crimes' measure met with conservative disgust

A spokesman for the Family Research Council (FRC) says the "hate crimes" legislation passed by the Senate yesterday poses a major threat to Americans who publicly express their opposition to homosexuality. He is also denouncing the successful effort to attach that legislation to the Defense Authorization bill.

Yesterday, on a 60-39 vote, the Senate attached an amendment to the Defense Department's spending bill that would expand hate crime law to include crimes motivated by gender, "sexual orientation," or disability of victims. Sponsors of the measure, Senators Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) and Gordon Smith (R-Oregon), argue their amendment helps "fights terrorism at home." But Senator John Kyl (R-Arizona) says his colleagues who tacked the hate crimes measure to the DoD bill demonstrated "an utter lack of seriousness about our national defense."

Tom McClusky, FRC's vice president of government affairs, says the measure does not belong in a Pentagon spending bill. He says he is disappointed it garnered 60 votes, but grateful that is not enough support to override a presidential veto.

"[Still] it's just shameful the way that the Democratic leadership is using the defense bill, [which is] a bill where there should be a debate about Iraq and about the spending of the war," says McClusky. "Instead, they're trying to turn the Defense Department and our armed forces into some sort of social experiment."

According to the FRC spokesman, the Kennedy-Smith amendment is an assault on free-speech. He points out that already, several websites -- he cites those of pro-homosexual groups Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as well as that of abortion advocate NARAL Pro-Choice America -- label groups like his as terrorist organizations.

"How soon are they going to be naming churches as terrorist organizations, and using a lot of these laws to put down Christian speech and calling the Bible 'hate speech'?" he asks. "We're seeing it not just in other countries, but we're also ... seeing it today in different cities and also on college campuses [in America]."

The White House has vowed to veto the DoD bill because of the inclusion of the "hate crimes" amendment.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, however, I think you should cover the other areas of the bill. I feel I should be able to hate disabled people as well without breaking the law.

November 16, 2007 9:56 AM  
Blogger Daniel Christianson said...

I'm sorry, did you have a point you were trying to make?

November 16, 2007 4:53 PM  

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