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11/13/2009

I have a dream...that this is just a bad dream

by Jeremy Hooper

This from Right Wing Watch:

Rick Scarborough just issued yet another press release about the upcoming press conference challenging hate crimes legislation in which he compared those participating in the event to Martin Luther King:

"On October 28, President Barack Obama signed into law a measure extending the federal hate crimes statute to include so-called sexual orientation. The ministers believe this will criminalize all criticism of homosexual behavior, including that contained in the Bible.

To test this belief and protest a clear violation of First Amendment freedom of speech and religion, various clergy will preach short sermons and read passages from the Bible regarding homosexual behavior. Like Dr. Martin Luther King and the Sixties Civil Rights movement, they will engage in civil disobedience to protest injustice.
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Scarborough: Anti-Gay Activists Are Just Like MLK [Right Wing Watch]
(H/t: Waymon Hudson)

Forget rolling over in the grave. Both MLK and his extremely LGBT-supportive wife Coretta are surely doing somersaults!

Compare for yourself:


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If anything won't this whole proposed demonstration only show that this argument has no leg to stand on? "Thought Crimes" was their fabricated scare tactic to try to dissuade congressmen from passing the bill, but they of all people had to have known that there was no truth behind it. They'll get up their, preach their clobber passages from the bible, but as long as they're not physically attacking anyone, no one is going to be arrested. It'll only prove that their right to be an asshole in public, while frowned upon, is still as protected as it ever was.

Posted by: Adrian | Nov 13, 2009 10:33:40 AM

Never underestimate their ability to get themselves arrested and take no responsibility for what they actually did in order to get arrested. That is exactly what happened in Philadelphia a few years back. Michael Marcavage and crew were not arrested for speech -- they were arrested for a whole slew of other charges, like disruption, their refusal to comply with people requests, etc. But the anti-gays turned into their cause célébre.

I suspect they are already concocting ways that they can get hauled off and spin it into a free speech violation. Just wait.

This is one anti-gay action where we need as many pro-equality cameras on site as possible. We need as much documentation as possible.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Nov 13, 2009 11:31:59 AM

I agree that cameras should be rolling and make note of where and how they are expressing themselves.
Why they think this legislation is the difference between whether they are arrested or not is a stupid kind of crazy.

Don't they do research? The states where this legislation protects religious people, allowed for the Klan to show up to verbally excoriate Jews. The Phelps have been enough of a test at to how far speech can go without arrest.
As was stated here, arrests occurred from trespassing, noise ordinance violations or harassment, NOT speech.

Steven Anderson, the especially vicious minister in Tempe, AZ hasn't been arrested, even though he called for or at least hoped for, the death of President Obama.

Being investigated for INCITEMENT of violence is very different from being arrested and jailed. And not all speech is protected, and they should know this.

Libel, slander and inciting riot or second degree assault are not protected.

It's almost funny seeing all this exercise EXCLUSIVELY over the inclusion of gay people in ANYTHING.

I have as yet heard any of these assholes protest, excoriate or demand some punishment for USURY. Which has shown to be very destructive to the economic stability of our country and has been very hard on the average American.
Where's all their anger for that?
Where are their calls for usury to be banned? Especially coming from the Christian conservatives?

Yep, the hypocrisy has no end, does it?

Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Nov 13, 2009 11:50:15 AM

Like Regan said - *Trained and Experienced* gay allies have to show up with their own licensed counter-protest and cameras must be rolling on both groups continuously.

My favorite part of the Belief Crime non sequiter is that religion is alrewady protected under hate crimes. And how many Christian pastors would say that denying Jesus as your savior is "Okay" as Jews, Muslims, Wiccans, Hindus, Buddhists and atheists do?

Posted by: Dave | Nov 13, 2009 1:55:59 PM

Doesn't "civil disobedience" involve being disobedient of a a law or ordinance? Because their little hate-fest is perfectly legal and not in contradiction to any laws.

Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Nov 13, 2009 2:18:35 PM

They'll be able to get themselves arrested, and get some free publicity, and solidify the lie in the minds of the choir that already listens to their lies. But, what's done is done. Their "arrests" and lies will have no effect with regard to a legal challenge of the statute. And, if they were successful at convincing Congress to act on hate-crimes, the mere mention that any action would necessarily be to eliminate all hate-crimes legislation would be unpalatable enough to the lying liars to force them to drop it.

But, I agree that it is beneficial to document the actual events as they unfold, not only to counter their lies in the MSM, but also to make an attempt to educate their choir with the actual facts - though, the facts don't usually amount to much in the minds of zealots.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 13, 2009 2:28:10 PM

Good point, TK.

I am so sick of these false realities they set up in the name of division.

Although I'm convinced they have every intention of breaking the law. There's def. a plan.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Nov 13, 2009 2:59:49 PM

And they're claiming that we're the ones hijacking the black civil rights movement?

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Nov 13, 2009 3:30:39 PM

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