Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The State is attempting to limit free expression with HR 1955

I agree with the language in the petition below. I do not have to be a Christian to agree with it. I do not agree that the language in House Resolution 1955 will further liberty, but constrain it. I believe our friend Michael Savage would stand with me against the language in HR 1955, though I have not yet heard him reference it. I signed the petition.

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SIGN OUR PETITION TODAY

We agree that violent crimes should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

We agree that all Americans should receive equal justice under the law.

However, we urge you to actively oppose all "hate crimes" bills which allow federal prosecution for crimes based on "actual or perceived" sexual orientation.

Hate Crimes legislation is ultimately a Thought Crime law, allowing citizens to be prosecuted for their religious beliefs.

Hate Crimes legislation is a violation of our First Amendment rights of Free Speech and Free Exercise of Religion.

Hate Crimes legislation creates a special class of people based on their "sexual orientation" or "gender identity."

The Constitutional rights of pastors and religious individuals to peacefully disagree on issues of sexual orientation should be protected.

PROTECT THE FREE SPEECH RIGHTS OF PASTORS AND CHURCHES

"Hate crime" legislation will lay the legal foundation and framework for investigating, prosecuting and persecuting pastors, business owners, and anyone else whose actions reflect their faith.

Violent attacks upon people or property are already illegal, regardless of the motive behind them. With "hate crime" laws, however, people are essentially given one penalty for the actions they engaged in, and an additional penalty for the politically incorrect thoughts that allegedly motivated those actions.

Approximately half the "hate crimes" in the FBI statistics are considered "intimidation" and the new legislation will establish a new federal offense for so-called "hate crimes" and add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected classes.

"Intimidation" has already been broadly interpreted to include the public criticism of homosexuality.

"Hate crime" legislation seeks to federalize millions of state and local crimes, creating a two-tiered system of justice.

ALL people deserve to be protected from crime, not just certain groups. Sign our petition TODAY to say equal protection under the law means equal protection for ALL.

Please join the over 60,000 people who have already signed this petition.
Sign Our Petition Today!

Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council

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