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08/22/2007

'It's not impossible' that this is a baby step towards the truthful

by Jeremy Hooper

Over our past many months covering the religious right's attack on proposed legislation that would help protect gays from hate crimes, we've noted many times how they have been painting the picture that under such laws, pastors could be hauled to jail for merely preaching Leviticus or Romans I. So in a way, this latest quote from Focus on the Family's Ashley Horne is actually sort of refreshing (highlighting our own):

The current legislation creates a whole new species of federal crime, based on bias or hate,” Horne said. “Within this law, other federal statutes come into play, such as the federal ‘aiding and abetting’ statute, which makes someone ‘inducing’ a federal crime as guilty as the one actually perpetrating the crime. It is not impossible that pastors could be arrested for ‘inducing’ someone to commit a hate crime through a sermon on homosexuality.

NOT IMPOSSIBLE? That's actually something. Because it's true -- it's not impossible that a pastor could be charged with inducing not only a hate crime, but any crime. Preachers are not above the law simply because of their position, and it is 100% possible that an ultra-extremist pastor could realistically tell their parishioners to go attack any sort of person for any sort of faith-based reason. And since making is seem as if a preacher will be charged with "aiding and abetting" for their mere preachings has been the crux of the "pro-family" movement's anti-HR 1592/ SB 1105 argument, Ms. Horne's slightly less duplicitous representation makes us think that maybe just maybe these kids have turned over a new, teeny bit more truthful leaf.

Perhaps by the time this debate is all said and done, they will actually listen to and rationally present what our side has been telling them, rather than relying on any cleverly-worded information to dupe their readers. It's not impossible that we will hold our breath in anticipation, but we probably won't.

The High Price of ‘Hate-Crimes’ Laws [FOF]

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This legislation does not create a whole new species of federal crime! There are already existing hate crimes laws. This new legislation merely expands those laws to incorporate additional minority groups. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't religion one of those things protected under existing hate crimes laws?

Posted by: Jessica | Aug 22, 2007 11:47:42 AM

Jessica: You are of course correct. They still have a LONG ways to go before actually reaching 'factual' status.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 22, 2007 11:51:13 AM

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