This is a supplement to the regular, annual, VFD disclaimer. This would be unnecessary, but somehow our President is a Constitutional Scholar who doesn’t know what the First Amendment is there for.
It was going nowhere until it was amended onto the Defense Appropriations bill, but the leftists finally managed to get the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act signed into law the other day.
This is a Very Bad Thing.
First, the people who murdered Shepard are both in prison until they die, even though this hate crimes law was not in effect when they killed him. They killed him and are being punished for it. Hate law not required, justice system clearly not broken.
Second, the killing of Shepard was not a hate crime. His murderer had been awake (high on meth) for a week, and beat Shepard in a drug-related rage. He admitted to having beaten even his best friends before, while coming down off a meth high, and he also beat another person that night (when the killers went to rob Shepard’s apartment). The whole story about Shepard being killed because he was queer is blatantly false and based ONLY on speculation, AND goes contrary to the testimony of the principals in the case.
The law was passed under false pretenses. Guess what happens when you start from a lie?
God told his prophet:
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”
God also said, and I challenge you to find ambiguity here, that buggery is a Very Bad Thing: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination . . .”
God considered it so severe an offense that he further said:
“. . . they shall surely be put to death . . . . *
Here are the easiest two examples to find, of why every Christian and Jew has an obligation not only to condemn homosexuality, but to condemn it publicly and even to the face of the sinner. Even if it hurts their feeeeeelings. God did not say anything about not hurting someone’s feeeelings when telling them they were in the wrong.
To restate more clearly: anyone who believes that the Bible is God’s word to the world, and believes in the moral code outlined in the Bible, is exercising a religious conviction against homosexuality, not committing a hate crime, when they say that buggery is wrong.
For the Congress of the United States to pass a law prohibiting hurting someone’s feeeeelings because that someone happens to be overly-sensitive to criticism of queers, therefore, is a blatant violation of the Constitutional prohibition that says:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof“
It is also a prior restraint on speech which, aside from hurting someone’s feeeelings, is harmless. The Constitution also says:
“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . .”
There will be a very nasty legal case to arise, very soon, because of someone prosecuted under this new Act. That case has the potential to go all the way to the supreme Court, unless the defense is completely worthless. If there is any hope for the future of America at all, the relevant portions of the Act will be declared unconstitutional. It might also be held not applicable and the case dismissed. It might also be upheld as constitutional and the Revolution will draw that much nearer.
The grand experiment in human liberty *may* have just failed. We shall see if it is revived, or if we are now in the death throes of the Republic.
Nota bene: This law was the source of a minor controversy a few months ago, and the controversy prevented the passage of the Act. The problem is, it protects with federal guns people with devious sexual proclivities who act out on their impulses in public.
If a child molester’s sexual orientation is toward your daughter, who is 9 years old, and he does Very Bad Things to her, and you object, you are now a federal hate criminal. You have committed the ultimate civil sin of condemning someone else because of how they feeeeel. YOU are the one who goes to court to defend yourself, when you scream at your priest to leave your little boy alone.
If an exhibitionit’s sexual orientation is to flash his nakedness at your grown-up female eyes when you are walking through the park, and you hit him with your purse, YOU are the federal hate criminal. He has not committed indecent exposure, no, his now-protected sexual orientation requires that sort of thing.
This is not a joke. I wish it were. I can’t say we couldn’t see it coming.
I hope that our country can survive until the 2010 elections. I am increasingly unsure that it will.
*The Jewish legal code of the Old Testament is no longer binding upon God’s servants, having been replaced with the New Testament relationship between God and Christians. The MORAL code in the Old Testament was reinforced by the same Jesus who did away with the old legal code. We are no longer to kill queers for buggery. Jesus wants us to love the sinner, but still to hate the sin.
This article could have been considerably longer if we went into the difference between protecting people for inherent, immutable characteristics vs. protecting actions based on desires, but that will wait for another day.
Thanks to Moonbattery for the link to the 20/20 story.