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04/01/2009

FRC: Fallacious Reasoning Continues

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 2-226Truth, schmuth. For the Family Research Council, it seems a handful of cherry-picked anti-gay condemnations are more biblically sound than the book's ideas about not bearing false witness:

A "hate crimes" law is really a "thought crime" law that punishes a person's beliefs-part of the Left's intolerant agenda to silence the voice of Christians and Conservatives in America and eliminate moral restraint.

How would it happen?

A federal "hate crimes" law prohibiting "bodily injury" could be construed by many law enforcement officials and judges to include words that inflict emotional or psychological distress.

That means an "offended" homosexual could accuse a religious broadcaster . . . a pastor . . . Sunday School teacher . . . or other individual of causing emotional injury simply by expressing the biblical view that homosexual behavior is morally wrong and unhealthy.

That's all it could take to trigger a wave of federal prosecutions and begin an era of censorship like America has never seen!
March 31, 2009 - Tuesday [FRC ACTION]

There is no evidence of this. None. Zero. Not even a little. Zilch. And protecting speech is actually a strong point of the Democratic agenda, with sponsors being very careful to ensure that these enhanced hate crimes protections do not affect speech (and the ACLU, a frequent far-right target, only supporting these protections once speech protections were carefully enumerated).

But hey, just saying whatever the hell you want in order to keep your movement afloat and your paycheck in pocket -- that is precisely what jesus would do, right?

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This is DOUBLE BULLSHIT. They keep saying this - there is no indicatation this can or will happen - and should there be a "test case" you can bet your life it will be one of them who instigate it, not us.

Posted by: tom | Apr 1, 2009 11:46:17 AM

FRC wrote: "A "hate crimes" law is really a "thought crime" law that punishes a person's beliefs . . "

As Christians, FRC should know that God invented the prosecution of thought-crimes. If you don't have belief in God, he knows it, and then sends you to Hell for your crime. Isn't the Bible quite clear about that? If it's good enough for God, it should be good enough for FRC.

Posted by: Richard Rush | Apr 1, 2009 12:50:36 PM

I always find it interesting that the FRC and their ilk specifically leave out the fact that HATE CRIMES LAWS ALREADY EXIST AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. And who do they protect? Hmmmm, yes, they protect nearly everyone but the LGBT community. We speak against them constantly and yet we're never seen any attempt to bring legal action for speech under EXISTING HATE CRIMES LAWS. Why? Because we have a right to speak out against them under our CONSTITUTION, the same right they have and will have regardless of adding us as a protected class. Believe me, if they thought they had a chance in hell of successfully bringing civil or criminal charges against LGBT advocates for speech they would have made the attempt long ago.

Posted by: sammyseattle | Apr 1, 2009 1:42:16 PM

None of these laws punish mere thoughts -- they punish actions accompanied or driven by those thoughts. And we've had laws like this for YEARS. I'm not talking about hate crime laws, I mean "regular" laws.

All those laws with "intent" in them?
assault with intent to commit rape
assault with intent to commit murder
assault with intent to commit grievous bodily injury

Just like hate crime laws, they punish you for _thinking_ about something while doing something (an action).

Hell, there's a whole franchise of "Law & Order" devoted just to "Criminal Intent" !

Posted by: tjc | Apr 1, 2009 4:16:23 PM

The FRC is a hate crime.

Posted by: Attmay | Apr 1, 2009 7:45:06 PM

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