April 17, 2009 â€“ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) activists have worked aggressively to promote the idea that Bible Speech (opposition to the gay agenda) will lead inevitably to violent â€œhateâ€ crimes. Thus, they say restrictions of such speech is justified as a way of protecting homosexuals from violence. What theyâ€™re really targeting is speech against LGBT behaviors that is based upon an understanding of what the Bible says about this behavior. In short, theyâ€™re targeting Bible Speech â€” not actual â€œhate speech.â€ For example, the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) defines â€œhate crimeâ€ this way: â€œHate crimes are criminal acts (such as violent crime, hate speech or vandalism ) that are motivated by feelings of hostility against any identifiable group of people within a society, if systematic, rather than spontaneous, instigators of such crimes are sometimes organized into hate groups. The ILGA clearly defines hate crime to include so-called hate speech!
On the website â€œhatecrime.org,â€ LGBT activists claim that pro-family organizations are engaging in hate speech when they criticize homosexual conduct and his â€œhate speechâ€ allegedly leads to hate crimes and must be suppressed.
This site compares opposition to homosexuality as equal to Adolf Hitlerâ€™s slaughter of six million Jews in Europe before and during World War II.
Hatecrime.org also blames pro-family groups for the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. This effort to link criticism of homosexual conduct to the murder of Matthew Shepard is typical of the kind of thinking by the gay advocates.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution blaming religious groups for so-called â€œhate crimesâ€ such as the murder of Mathew Shepard. In addition, the Board approved a resolution urging the local media not to carry advertisements by pro-family organizations that addressed hope for homosexuals to change.
Traditional Values Coalitionâ€™s Executive Director Andrea Lafferty was verbally attacked by the President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). HRC accused Mrs. Lafferty of being personally responsible for the killing of Matthew Shepard. This occurred at the local Washington, D.C. Fox station.
In New York, a billboard with a Bible verse on it was taken down under pressure from city officials, who cited it as "hate speech.â€
In Massachusetts in 2005, parent David Parker was arrested for protesting his elementary school child having to listen to pro-LGBT propaganda! He eventually removed his child from the school. He was in court for two years and lost all of his appeals.
Pacific Justice Institute President Cites Cases Of Anti-Christian Bigotry: In his testimony before the House Committee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on April 17, 2007, PJI President Brad Dacus cited several examples showing how hate crime laws are inevitably used to silence freedom of speech and religion.
He noted, for example, that the 9th Federal Circuit Court in California sided with homosexuals against a student in a high school in Poway who wore a T-shirt saying that homosexuality was shameful! The 9th cited Californiaâ€™s â€œhate violenceâ€ statute as an excuse to silence this Christian studentâ€™s religious viewpoint about gay behavior.
In addition, Slavic students in Sacramento wore anti-gay agenda T-shirts to protest the gay-inspired Day of Silence on campus. They were punished for their views.
The claim that hate crime laws against violence do not affect free speech or freedom of religion is bogus.
Dacus also notes that the Hindu American Foundation is attempting to compare opposition to Hinduism as â€œhate speech.â€ The foundation claims that such hate speech could provoke a crazed gunman to attack Hindus in their temples!
Pennsylvania Hate Crime Law Puts Christians In Jail
One of the most serious attacks on free speech and religious freedom came in Philadelphia in 2004.
Eleven Christians were arrested on felony charges for preaching the Word of God at a gay pride rally. Eight charges were filed against them: three felony charges and five misdemeanors. Charges were eventually dropped against six of the Christians, but the five left faced potential prison sentences of 47 years in jail and fines up to $90,000!
They were charged under Pennsylvaniaâ€™s hate crime law, which had recently added â€œsexual orientationâ€ to their statute. The Christians were charged with: criminal conspiracy, possession of instruments of crime, reckless endangerment of another person, ethnic intimidation, riot, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and obstructing highways.
The â€œinstruments of crimeâ€ were bull horns for witnessing!
The â€œethnic intimidationâ€ section of the hate crime statute was used against the Christians for having preached to the homosexuals in the parade and rally. Their â€œspeechâ€ was considered ethnic intimidation.
The charges were eventually dropped against the Christians for having no basis in fact â€“ but their free speech and religious freedom were violated and they had to spend thousands of dollars on legal fees.
The bottom line is that hate crime laws supposedly designed only to combat violence, can easily be construed to suppress free speech as â€œintimidationâ€ and an incitement to violence. The Christians arrested in Philadelphia are prime examples of this slippery slope.
9th Federal Circuit Court Says Gay Agenda Trumps Free Speech In Oakland, California
The far-left 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco has attacked freedom of speech and religion for the Christian employees of the city of Oakland, California.
The court issued a memo declaring that it sided with the city of Oakland in censoring the emails and posters of the Good News Employee Association that used words like â€œNatural Family,â€ â€œMarriageâ€ and â€œFamily Valuesâ€ in their materials. The 9th Circuit said the city had the right to censor those words because it made LGBT employees uncomfortable and violated the cityâ€™s sexual orientation ordinance! These words were considered â€œstatements of a homophobic natureâ€ and â€œsexual-orientation-based harassmentâ€!
These are only a few examples that show how sexual orientation and hate crime laws can be used to suppress religious freedom and free speech!
This Hate Crime Bill Will Lead To Increased Pro-LGBT Propaganda In Our Public Schools
This legislation provides hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund so-called anti-hate programs. This includes a series of $100,000 grants to organizations allegedly fighting â€œhateâ€ in their communities.
If signed into law, this so-called hate crimes bill will be used to fund pro-LGBT teaching materials for our nationâ€™s public schools. It will be a replay of what occurred during the Clinton Administration.
During the Clinton years, TVC exposed the federal governmentâ€™s use of tax dollars to fund an â€œanti-hateâ€ (actually anti-Christian) school curriculum. â€œHealing the Hate: A National Bias Crime Prevention Curriculum for Middle Schools,â€ actually did the following: Compared Baptists and Pentecostals to White Supremacist groups.
Defined â€œprejudiceâ€ to include the â€œbigoted thoughtsâ€ of religious organizations. If a church teaches homosexual sex is wrong, you see, the curriculum calls it bigotry!
Defined a â€œhate incidentâ€ as â€œharmful words or actions motivated by prejudice,â€ which specifically includes â€œreligious beliefs.â€ In other words, if you have moral principles based on your religious faith, the curriculum says youâ€™re prejudiced!
Defined institutionalized prejudice as widely accepted in religious groups.
U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno actually had a Department of Justice website for children K-5 teaching them to turn in their parents if they were â€œbigoted.â€
The Washington State Safe Schools Coalition produced, for their Anti-Violence Documentation Project, curricula for kindergarten children -- KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN -- to think bisexuality and sex change operations were normal! These curricula -- blatant propaganda for radical homosexual practice -- were called â€œage appropriate.â€
Under the guise of hate crime prevention, $100,000 a pop will be given to LGBT groups to create more anti-Christian pro-gay agenda materials for public schools and communities, teaching children to accept homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism, etc as normal behaviors.
Under Section 4, the Office of Justice Programs is empowered to ensure compliance with â€œthe local infrastructure developed under the grants.â€ Affected parties can include â€œcommunity groups and schools, colleges, and universities.â€
Another flaw in the bill is that affected parties are not defined. Also, will traditional values once again be denigrated with taxpayer dollars?