UPDATE – 4/30/09 – The House passed H.R. 1913 yesterday, Wednesday, 4/29/09, on a 249-175 vote. Wisconsin delegation voted along party lines, with Republicans Petri, Ryan and Sensenbrenner voting “no” and Democrats Baldwin, Kagen, Kind, Moore and Obey voting “yes.”
Original post follows:
Sometime this week or in the next few weeks, the U.S. House will vote on H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.
H.R. 1913 establishes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as federally protected classes, meaning the government would single out certain Americans for extra protection and special preference based on their sexual behavior.
The first and most obvious issue we have with this legislation is that all violent crimes are really hate crimes and every victim should be protected, not just those singled out for politically expedient purposes.
Wisconsin’s very own Tammy Baldwin, Democratic Congresswoman from Madison, the only open lesbian in Congress, vehemently opposed a Republican amendment that would have excluded pedophilia sexual orientation from the Hate Crimes Bill, claiming it was “unnecessary and inflammatory.” The committee voted down the amendment based on Baldwin’s inaccurate information about the meaning of sexual orientation—which the bill conspicuously does not define.
Possibly 30 different “sexual orientations” defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) could be protected under this bill—practically every type of sexual deviance known to man, including pedophilia and incest!
So how does this affect us since none of us are planning on committing any violent crimes?
During last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) said, “We also need to protect those potential victims who may be recipients of hateful words or hateful acts, or even violent acts.” If that’s true, then Jackson-Lee and this committee should be drafting a resolution condemning the hateful, violent behavior of Proposition 8 opponents who are mercilessly and illegally persecuting those who supported California’s marriage amendment last November.
Today it’s violent crimes and tomorrow it’s so-called “hateful words.” In other countries where these types of laws are on the books, including Canada, pastors and Christians are typically the targets, facing imprisonment, fines and federal censure of sermons. Take a look at Family Research Council’s five reasons for opposing this legislation.
The next step for this legislation is the House floor for a vote, which could happen anytime from next week to within the next few weeks. Constituent input is important. Click here to find who your congressman/woman is. Fill in your address. When the page loads, go to the bottom of the page and click on the U.S. Representative’s name.