Criminalizing Your Conscience: The Coming Hate Crime Law

H.R. 1913 broadly defines “intimidation. A pastor’s sermon could be considered “hate speech” under this legislation if heard by an individual who then acts aggressively against persons based on any “sexual orientation.” The pastor could be Louis P Sheldon

It is now expected that on Wednesday April 22, the full US House Judiciary Committee will vote on H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

The so-called hate crimes bill will be used to lay the legal foundation and framework to investigate, prosecute and persecute pastors, business owners, Bible teachers, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, Christian counselors, religious broadcasters and anyone else whose actions are based upon and reflect the truths found in the Bible.

H.R. 1913 broadly defines “intimidation. A pastor’s sermon could be considered “hate speech” under this legislation if heard by an individual who then acts aggressively against persons based on any “sexual orientation.” The pastor could be prosecuted for “conspiracy to commit a hate crime.”

During Committee markup in 2007, Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) admitted that the legislation will not protect a pastor from prosecution.

I'm calling on my readers to contact their Members of Congress to oppose HR 1913, the so-called hate crimes bill.

TAKE ACTION: Contact your U.S. Representative today, as H.R. 1913 is on the fast track, and ask that they vote NO on any proposed “hate crime” legislation.

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