Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hate Crimes Legislation Threatens Religious Free Speech

By Kathleen Gilbert,

As the House Judiciary Committee prepares to examine tomorrow the homosexual "hate crimes" bill H.R. 1913, Concerned Women for America (CWA) is urging Congressmen to reject the bill as unconstitutional and a proven threat to Christian free speech.

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Act of 2009, a reincarnation of the 2007 "Matthew Shepard Act," would put homosexuality on a par with race or religion as subject to federal protection from hate-motivated crimes. The bill would also give federal officials more involvement in prosecuting crimes when the victim's homosexuality is suspected as a motivation.

CWA President Wendy Wright recently issued a letter to Congressmen urging opposition to the legislation, saying the "anti-hate" legislation would threaten Christian free speech in America, as it already has in other countries.

"Expanding 'hate crimes' to include 'sexual orientation' and gender identity could put people with traditional values directly in the crosshairs of official government policy," said Wright. "'Hate crimes' laws place us on a slippery slope toward religious persecution.

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