Public outcry forces 'hate crimes' hearing,625,000 letters delivered to Senate members
A hearing on the plan had been sought by opponents because that is where amendments generally are proposed and discussed. It was during the amendment process in the U.S. House that the bill earned the title "Pedophile Protection Act" after Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, offered an amendment reading: "The term sexual orientation as used in this act or any amendments to this act does not include pedophilia."
But majority Democrats refused to accept it.
"Having reviewed cases as an appellate judge, I know that when the legislature has the chance to include a definition and refuses, then what we look at is the plain meaning of those words," explained Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas. "The plain meaning of sexual orientation is anything to which someone is orientated. That could include exhibitionism, it could include necrophilia (sexual arousal/activity with a corpse) ... it could include urophilia (sexual arousal associated with urine), voyeurism. You see someone spying on you changing clothes and you hit them, they've committed a misdemeanor, you've committed a federal felony under this bill. It is so wrong."
Part of the FedEx campaign of letters from citizens opposing the "hate crimes" bill.
The proposal had been the target of hundreds of thousands of letters that have been delivered to members of the U.S. Senate in opposition.
The campaign to defeat the proposal generated more than 625,000 individual letters sent by Fed Ex to all 100 U.S. senators. The effort, organized by WND columnist Janet Porter, who also heads the Faith2Action Christian ministry, permitted activists to send individually addressed letters to all 100 senators over their own "signature" for only $10.95. The campaign has now ended.
Richard Land, of the Southern Baptist Convention, has said such a law – by definition – requires judges to determine what those accused of crimes were thinking.