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megimoo
04-28-2009, 09:13 AM
Urgent, full-court press for 'hate crimes' bill
Vote looms on legislation that could outlaw preaching on homosexuality

House Democrats have announced a vote could come as early as tomorrow on a "hate crimes" bill that supporters admit might allow federal officials to prosecute Christians who speak out against homosexual behavior.

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, or H.R. 1913, passed through committee last week, and according to the Weekly Leader published by the office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the bill joins 14 others that could be brought to the floor for a vote sometime between noon tomorrow and the end of the week.

Meanwhile, advocates for the bill are engaged in a strong push to see it passed.

The Human Rights Campaign, which calls itself the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or LGBT civil rights organization, has designated April 27-29 for a national call-in campaign, urging supporters to contact Congress and pressure the bill's passage.

"We need more calls to Members of Congress, and we need them right away," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "It has been ten long years and tens of thousands more victims since the Matthew Shepard Act was first introduced in Congress. We are poised for a presidential signature this year, but lies from the radical right could easily derail our efforts."

A number of groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Council on La Raza, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the American Association of People with Disabilities, among others announced formation of a national coalition to urge Congress to pass H.R. 1913.

One of the coalition members, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, announced last week that it has sent letters to all 435 members of the House of Representatives in support of the bill.

Tom Strode of the Baptist Press, however, reports that H.R. 1913 "adds 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to the current classes including race, religion and national origin protected from hate crimes," a measure that worries many people of faiths that deem LGBT sexual behavior as immoral.

When a nearly identical plan was developed in the last Congress, Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., admitted during a hearing on the bill it could be used to prosecute pastors merely for preaching against homosexuality under the premise that they could be "inducing" violence in someone.



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FlaGator
04-28-2009, 10:08 AM
I may be wrong but I still don't think this bill will make it all the way through congress and if it does it will be attacked and defeated on the grounds that it violates the first and fourteenth amendments.