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Missouri Family E-News October 19, 2009
 
Akin, Luetkemeyer Call for Jennings' Ouster
 
Missouri Congressmen Todd Akin and Blaine Luetkemeyer have co-signed a letter calling for the removal of Obama Administration "safe schools czar" Kevin Jennings.  Mr. Jennings was the founder of the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an organization that promotes homosexual indoctrination in the public schools.
 
The letter states that Jennings "has played an integral role in...pushing a pro-homosexual agenda in America's schools--an agenda that runs counter to the values that many parents desire to instill in their children. Throughout this career, Mr. Jennings has made it his mission to establish special protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students to the exclusion of all other students."
 
Mr. Jenning has come under fire for comments he made in a book about a student confiding in him that he was having a sexual relationship with a much older man.  Instead of reporting the incident of sexual abuse, Jennings merely asked the child if he was using a condom.
 
Congressman Steve King spearheaded the letter which was co-signed by 52 other members of Congress.  King urged Obama to replace Jennings "with someone who has a record of educating children in a safe and moral environment."
 
 
 
Pro-Life Day of Student Solidarity Tomorrow

Pro-life students are declaring a day of silence in their schools on Tuesday, October 20, in memory of the 4000 unborn children who die each day in the United States through abortion.

It's called the Pro-Life Day of Student Solidarity, and is sponsored by Stand True Christian Ministries in concert with Students for Life.  The motto of Stand True Ministries proclaims that "social justice begins in the womb."
 
Students will not only remain silent throughout the school day, but will wear red armbands or red duct tape over their mouths.  They will also be distributing pro-life literature to their fellow students.  Students are advised to be respectful to their teachers and speak when they are required.
 
"Thousands of American babies are permanently silenced every day by the violent act of abortion," says Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life.  "This is a day for pro-life students to honor those children as they stay silent as an act of solidarity with these innocent victims."
 
Organizers say they heard back from over 50 girls last year who canceled their abortions on the day of the event because of the pro-life witness of their fellow students.
 
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Skelton Pushes Passage of Homosexual Hate Crimes Bill
 
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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