The United States House of Representatives has approved legislation providing special legal protections to homosexuals under federal criminal law. The so-called "hate crimes" proposal was attached to
a completely unrelated measure, the annual budget authorization bill for the Department of Defense.
The "hate-crimes" provision would enable federal authorities to prosecute crimes based on the "actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity" of the victim. As a result, crimes of bodily injury committed against homosexual, bisexual, or so-called transgendered persons would carry enhanced penalties.
Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton
was the sponsor of the Defense Department budget bill, and pushed for
passage of the "hate crimes" provision. Missouri Congressmen William "Lacy" Clay, Russ Carnahan, Emmanuel Cleaver, and Blaine Luetkemeyer also voted for the special legal protections for homosexuals.
Missouri Congressman Todd Akin
challenged Skelton as to why the controversial "hate crimes provision" had been attached to the annual bill funding the Armed Forces. Akin said in part, "This is dirty politics at its worst...This is a sad and shocking attempt to advance a liberal agenda on the backs of our troops. As a strong supporter of our troops and the
father of three Marines, I will not allow myself to be blackmailed this way."
Skelton defended passage of the bill with the "hate crimes" amendment , and upon concluding his remarks, the microphone on the floor of the House picked up Skelton making an extremely crude remark to Congressman Akin.
Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt also strongly criticized the House action. "Creating a new classification of crimes based on thoughts compromises the very freedoms our service men and women fight to protect. It's absolutely indefensible
that [this bill], which should fund our troops, is instead being used as a vehicle for controversial social policy."
Congressman Sam Graves and Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson of Missouri joined Akin and Blunt in voting against the "hate crimes" measure. The Senate must now give final approval to the proposal. The Senate had approved a previous version of the Defense Department bill with the hate crimes provision added.
President Barack Obama has promised to sign the homosexual "hate crimes" bill. Obama was the
keynote speaker earlier this month at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's leading homosexual rights organization. He told the group he welcomed the opportunity to put his signature to the bill.
"Hate-crimes" laws are a perversion of the most basic principles of our U.S. Constitution. The 14th Amendment guarantees that every citizen shall be provided "equal protection of the laws." "Hate-crimes" bills establish unequal justice in the administration of our criminal justice system by affording special legal protection to designated classes of individuals.
As we have stated before, if a person assaulted a 30 year-old homosexual male, that person could face
greater criminal penalties than if that person assaulted an 80-year old elderly man. Likewise, if a person raped a 35-year old lesbian woman, they would face more severe criminal charges than if that person raped a 17 year-old girl.
The legislation fails to define "sexual orientation" or "gender identity." The American Psychological Association has "identified" 30 "sexual orientations" covering every form of sexual deviancy. Congress refused to adopt amendments excluding pedophiles, whose "sexual orientation" is to prey on children, from the special protections provided in the bill.
"Hate crimes" laws have been used in Europe and Canada to silence free speech on the subject of homosexuality. Pastors have been charged with "hate crimes" for making public statements about the sin of
homosexuality, or even for preaching from the Word of God about the topic. Previous "hate crimes" legislation adopted by the U.S. Congress states that anyone who "induces" a "hate crime" through their speech can be tried as a principal along with the offender.
The House approved language in the homosexual "hate crimes" measure that states that nothing in the
law shall be construed "to prohibit any constitutionally protected speech...including the exercise of religion...and peaceful picketing or demonstration." Yet another section says the federal government can demonstrate "a compelling governmental interest" to restrict a person's exercise of religion.
We encourage you to contact Missouri's U.S. Senators Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill to oppose adoption of the homosexual hate crimes proposal.
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