Original post dated 04/22/09:
When I receive an e-mail from numerous different organizations, warning about the same bill before Congress, I can assume it is a real threat that needs our attention. The bill in question is HR 1913, The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. The concern is the language of the bill, which could be used to silence pastors and churches who preach or teach on the biblical prohibition against homo[s-x]uality, prosecuting such speech as "hate crimes" or incitement to commit hate crimes. "Hate crimes" legislation threatens foundational American liberties of free speech or free worship! The House Judiciary Committee is voting on this bill today, so action is needed now! Call or fax the Congress persons!
04/23/09 Update: An outcry of opposition to this bill from the grass roots has caused the House Judiciary Committee to delay its vote to Thursday – that is TODAY! We are having an impact; KEEP CALLING!