An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 22, 2007

This Scares the Bejabbers Outta Me!

I had heard snippets about a “hate crimes bill” but not a lot of detail, and I didn’t know the bill’s number. Listening to the radio yesterday afternoon, I came across a basically Christian talk show. It was a crappy station that kept cutting in mid sentence with some goofy promo for the station, but I did hear enough to know that this bill is NOT a good idea, for any of us.

H.R. 1592, named Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 seems to do nothing more than give a small minority of the population control of the majority. Ok, that’s simplistic, but what it comes down to is that it makes it illegal for Christians to speak of what is written in the Bible about homosexuality. The ‘thought police’ would have grounds, legitimate or not, to imprison people like those arrested in Pennsylvania for reading passages from the Bible during a pro-homosexual demonstration in 2004.

A new federal court decision in the case of the Philadelphia Eleven could send Christians’ free speech rights another step towards extinction, according to group members who have been told police officers had a right to silence their biblical messages at a public homosexual festival.

This bill would basically silence Christians in favor of minority groups.  I do not believe that any group should be silenced, including homosexuals.

If a few of the ‘findings’ listed in the bill are accurate, then we already have laws on the books covering violent behavior. There is no need to add more, just enforce the laws already in existence.  No one should ever attack, or discriminate against another because of their race, origin, or orientation. Period. Do you really believe there is anyone who beats the crap out of another person actually does it because they like that person?

So far, we still have a 1st Amendment, but I fear if this bill passes, and is signed into law, more of our rights will be whittled away.  It would be wise for Christians all over the nation, no matter their denomination, unite against those who would silence us.

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8 Comments »

  1. I am in general in favor of Hate crime statutes, and also in general think the the Bible is wrong on every level when it comes to this issue. However I have to agree with you, this is nothing more then Government authorized censorship, and I believe it would be a huge mistake to sign this into law

    Comment by Sean — April 23, 2007 @ 7:32

  2. So, if you get mad at me, saying something in anger, it’s ok for you to be arrested? Hmmm….

    Serious question: How is the Bible wrong, in your opinion?

    And, totally off topic: The Mr and I finally watched that movie…can’t remember the name, the one you got for Valentine’s….weird! Good, but weird. 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — April 23, 2007 @ 9:32

  3. I think you misinterpreted what I said…I was agreeing with you about this being a bad law.

    As far as the Bible goes, I believe that calling for the death of homosexuals is pretty much wrong any way you try and defend it.

    “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

    Comment by Sean — April 23, 2007 @ 10:20

  4. Are you trying to confuse me? 🙂 You said you are “in general in favor of Hate crime statutes”. I took that to mean you like the idea.

    Well, being the civilized type I am, I don’t think stoning is called for. However, don’t you think with the HIV/AIDS problem in the homosexual community, they are already condemning themselves? True, it is rampant in the heterosexual side as well, in countries like Africa, etc., but this is a behavior problem and could be prevented.

    Comment by olbroad — April 23, 2007 @ 10:36

  5. Yes I did say this…. am in general in favor of Hate crime statutes…I was referring to the hate Crime label attached to cases of violence and murder that happened solely because of an individuals race/religion/or sexuality…In terms of stifling free speech…even hate speech, I would not be in favor. Hope that clears things up.

    And yes I agree with you about the behavior aspect, and the consequences of said behavior. However I also believe that denying who you are is a crime against yourself. Sexual behavior in general has risks attached to it, and it isn;t just homosexual behavior. Heterosexuals are every bit as hedonistic and reckless, if you don’t beleive me check out a few swingers websites. If my daughter where to turn out to be a lesbian, a small part of me may actually be the slightest bit relieved. After all I could cross that whole teenage pregnancy thing off the list of Dad’s worries 🙂

    Comment by Sean — April 23, 2007 @ 10:56

  6. LMAO You have a major point on that one. I fear I’m going to become a GREAT grandmother way before my time, and I don’t mean excellent. :/

    Growing up during the “free love” era, which had absolutely nothing to do with love at all, I can tell ya, behavior plays a major part in diseases than can be prevented. NO, I never had one! 🙂 Once a certain behavior becomes acceptable, all kinds of problems come to the forefront.

    Comment by olbroad — April 23, 2007 @ 11:10

  7. Where do we all stand on the Rev Fred Phelps and his brand of Baptists? They say what they believe the Bible tells them when they stand up at the VT funerals to declare that the massacre is God’s retribution on America.

    Is that acceptable speech or not? Should the government limit it? Should people of good will step in to silence them? Who is the hater in that case?

    This isn’t simple stuff.

    Comment by grumps — April 23, 2007 @ 11:42

  8. Yep Grumps, it is a very complicated issue. As vile as I find that particular brand of evil, I don’t feel that the Phelps Phools should be silenced either. The 1st Amendment protects scum as well as everyone else.

    Comment by olbroad — April 23, 2007 @ 1:36


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