Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Activist Alert: Federal Hate Crimes Bill S. 909

**** What’s This Bill About?

This bill is primarily about crimes based on sexual orientation. “Shawn D. Akers, policy analyst with Liberty Counsel, said, ‘The proposal…would create new federal penalties against those whose ‘victims’ were chosen based on an ‘actual or perceived…sexual orientation, gender identity. This 'Pedophilia Protection Act,' a 'hate crimes' bill, is based on the representation that there's an epidemic of crimes based on bias and prejudice. It turns out there are fewer crimes now than there were 10 years ago.’

According to the FBI, in 2007 “there were only 242 crimes against a person's sexual orientation that could be considered "violent." And, twenty-seven of these bias crimes were directed against heterosexuals! The FBI statistics do not indicate how many of these "violent hate crimes" were committed by homosexuals against other homosexuals - or what provoked the violence.” from Right Side News

He said he fought in committee and in the House, where it was approved 249-175, to correct some of the failings, including his repeated requests for definitions in the bill for terms such as ‘sexual orientation.’

Majority Democrats refused, he said. He said that leaves the definition up to a standard definition in the medical field, which includes hundreds of ‘philias’ and ‘isms’ and would be protected.

…if an exhibitionist flashes a woman, and she responds by slapping him with her purse, he has probably committed a misdemeanor while she has committed a federal felony hate crime.”

Read the rest of this World Net Daily article here:

House Democrats voted FOR covering pedophiles as a protected group under the Hate Crimes bill, and they voted AGAIST covering military veterans as a protected group under the Hate Crimes bill.

**** What Are The Possible Problems?

It is possible that religious leaders could be charged with Hate Crimes if they publicly discuss homosexuality. (see the World Net Daily article)

This legislation potentially violates the Fourteenth, First and Tenth Amendments to the constitution. (see the World Net Daily article)

District Attorney offices might level Hate Crime charges against people who have committed other crimes so as to receive Federal funds for any Hate Crimes which they prosecute. Read about it here: .

Under this law, crime victims within “protected groups” would likely receive priority attention and Federal funding vs. crime victims in “non-protected groups”.

**** Take Action

This bill already passed the House vote as H.R. #1913. The Senate bill number is S. 909 and debate begins Tuesday May 12. Contact your U.S. Senators and the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee immediately. Ask them to oppose S. 909, the Federal Hate Crimes bill. This website lists committee members: Click on their names to get their personal websites, email forms and phone numbers.

Sign the petition: Click on this headline in the center left side of the page: "Hate Crimes Legislatoin to Silence You".

Forward this Activist Alert to your conservative friends who are watching the America they know and love slip away into faded memories.

Forward this Activist Alert to your religious leader, who might choose to share it with his/her email list.

Thank you very much for your attention and activism. One phone call is better than none. Ten legislative contacts over the course of the next few days would be fantastic. May God bless your efforts!

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