Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hate Crimes Legislation

The bill has passed judiciary committee 15 to 12, down party lines. Guess which party has it right? The 12 members of the Republicans.

Let me just ask why does someone who has sex with the same gender garner more punishment than an elderly man or woman or child when crimes are committed? Did you know that in a country of 300 million people roughly 1550 gay people have been targets of supposed hate crimes? And 1550 is high meaning it is closer to 1525. Think about that number because it is going to get much smaller.

Consider this:

"What Are The Facts About Examples Of Hate Crimes?

"FBI statistics on “hate crimes” against a person’s sexual orientation from 2007 (the latest available) reveal the following: In 2007 there were 1,521 victims of “sexual orientation” bias (Table 7). However, the breakdown of these crimes is listed as:

-335 were crimes of intimidation (shouting or name-calling)
-448 were crimes of simple assault (defined as pushing or shoving without physical injury)
-242 were crimes of aggravated assault (defined as bodily harm)(source: FBI statistics 2007)

"In short, there were only 242 crimes against a person’s sexual orientation that could be considered “violent.” And, twenty-seven of these bias crimes were directed against heterosexuals!

"All together, there were 9,535 victims of bias crimes in 2007. This includes bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, disability, or multiple-bias incidents.

"The FBI statistics do not indicate how many of these “violent hate crimes” were committed by homosexuals against other homosexuals – or what provoked the violence.

"Out of a total number of 855,856 cases of aggravated assault in 2007, only 242 were directed at LGBT individuals. This is only 0.02827578411446785% of all aggravated assaults! This is not an epidemic of hate against LGBT individuals." (from the Traditional Values Web site)

And this from the same web site:

"Out of 1,521 bias crimes against LGBT individuals, only 242 resulted in bodily harm.
"Out of 4,956 racial incidents, 908 were anti-white; 3,424 were anti-African American; and the rest were bias crimes against other races.
"Out of 1,628 anti-religious bias crimes, 1,127 were against Jews; 142 against Muslims; 70 against Catholics; 67 against Protestants. The rest were against other religions."

There is no epidemic of hate toward gays and lesbians. They are not having to run across state lines and move to other towns to avoid persecution. Plus all crimes are based in hate, hate of the fellow man. Crimes should be punished harshly no matter what a person decides to call themselves or what color a person is or what religion a person chooses.

The way the bill is written would force pastors to not preach on certain texts in the Bible.
"TVC says H.R. 1913 broadly defines "intimidation" -- and offers up this example: "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 'sexual orientation.' 'Under those circumstances,' says the group, the pastor could be prosecuted for 'conspiracy to commit a hate crime.'"

From the Traditional Values web site again:

"Homosexual activists are well-known for having staged a number of fake hate crimes throughout the years. Homosexual activists have claimed that a 72-year-old homosexual named Andrew Anthos of Detroit was attacked by an African-American man who called him a “faggot” and struck him in the head with a metal pipe, killing him. Police later learned that Anthos had not been the victim of a hate crime. He had fallen because of a severe arthritic condition in his neck. He was also mentally ill.

"In January, 2007, a homosexual student at Boise State University told police that a man had beaten him in the back of the head and swore at him. He later admitted to police that he’d faked the crime by using a stick and his fists to beat himself. The faking of hate crimes by homosexuals goes back years.

"In 2000, U.S. News & World Report columnist John Leo documented case after case of faked hate crimes by homosexuals. One involved Jerry Kennedy, a homosexual student at the University of Georgia. Kennedy reported to police that he’d been the victim of nine hate crimes over a three-year period – including three acts of arson. He later admitted faking these.

"The objective of LGBT activists is to gain sympathy for their gay agenda or the passage of pro-LGBT legislation such as H.R. 1913. If H.R. 1913 passes, we can expect a flood of these phony hate crimes."

And in case you are wondering how the terms will be used in criminal law and the definitions used by federal law: (again from the Traditional Values website)

"What Do These Categories Mean in Legal Terms?

"Intimidation is defined by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, as: '...verbal or related threats of bodily harm.' This could be something as innocuous as name-calling and shouting.

"Simple assault is defined as: '...physical attacks without a weapon or serious victim injury.' This frequently involves pushing or hitting.

"Aggravated assault defined as: 'attacks in which the offender uses or displays a weapon and/or the victims suffers serious injury.' (Kevin J. Strom, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice Special Report, September, 2001.)

“'Bodily injury,' the requirement for H.R. 1913, is an incredibly broad undefined term which could mean anything from a simple assault or a domestic assault to a rape or murder. It does not fit into the FBI categories upon which they base their statistics.

"In criminal law, it is standard for an assault to be defined from the victim’s point of view as opposed to being based only upon the facts of the case. In short, even if a reasonable person would interpret an action as unthreatening, under H.R. 1913, a victim could say they were in fear of bodily injury, thus triggering charges of a so-called hate crime. Local police and sheriffs are already effectively dealing with these crimes as a routine part of their jobs."

Did you see the bold and highlighted in that last paragraph? A victim could say that there was fear regardless of the reality of the situation and trigger "hate crimes" charges.

Remember this, all crimes come from a place of hate. If you didn't hate your neighbor on some level then you wouldn't covet his stuff or cause bad things to happen or take things or whatnot. If we all loved our neighbors then there would be no stealing, murder, rape, pedophilia, assault, drug use etc. We would wish to take care of each other without causing our neighbor harm. So all crimes come from a place of hate. Domestic violence is more prevalent that gay/lesbian violence. Violence against children is more prevalent than gay/lesbian violence.

As Christ followers and truth thinking individuals (not all are Christ followers) we need to get the word out that this is WRONG! Call your house and senate members today. Tell them that this is not needed! Crime is crime period. Let it go at that! Punish criminals and rehab those that can be rehabilitated!! STOP THE FAVORITISM!! And stop riding on the coat tails of the civil rights movement because it is wrong to do so and shameful!

http://www.house.gov/ Here is the link. click it and get active!!

1 comment:

Kristy said...

Oh how I could comment on this. You are one smart cookie, where do you get all of your information/ We as christians need to start standing up more and making our voices heard, because all others have and they are the ones that are winning. I have an email to send to you about something totally on a different subject , I will do that asap.

Love, Kristy