Congress is considering criminalizing "thoughts, feelings, and beliefs" in a new bill, H.R. 1592, which is currently before committee. The bill, supported by the majority of Democrats, and having 137 sponsors in the House, which would fast- track it for a vote, adds special protections for homo[s-x]uals which would make discrimination against them a federal hate crime, even criminalizing thoughts, feelings, and beliefs – or opinions and statements – about that lifestyle.
Many organizations have gotten on the band wagon warning the Church of the ramifications to pastors and ministries, even laypeople, should such a bill become law. Even quoting Leviticus 18:22, God’s commandment against homo[s-x]ual behavior, could potentially be enough to run afoul of this "law." World Net Daily has rounded up all the facts.
At issue is the power of government. Is it granted authority to punish criminal actions only, or does its jurisdiction extend to punishing politically "incorrect" thoughts or attitudes? The Bible teaches that the state has been given authority to punish evil DOERS, thus actions only. And then there is the whole question, can the state call "good" what God has called evil?
There are already plenty of laws on the books punishing assualt, battery, murder, rape, robbery, and every other criminal action, whether it was motivated by hatred or not. In fact, if the Bible teaches that love is the fulfilling of the law, then the case can be made that all breaking of the law is already hate. Regardless, it is futile to make mere motivation without action criminal, since only God can judge the thoughts and intents of the heart. Humans simply do not have the wisdom.
If you enjoy freedom of speech and religion, then write to your legislators on both sides of the isle and urge them to vote no on this assault on the Bill of Rights.