Americans worried about new "hate crime" legislation that could be used to make criminals of those whose religious faith doesn't endorse homosexuality could be facing a two-pronged attack, according to groups that monitor those developments.
The newest threat is being prepared by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the head of the House Judiciary Committee, whose work is being called "The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007," according to the Rev. Ted Pike, of the National Prayer Network.
He said a letter to other members of the House was intercepted by Focus on the Family and indicated that it "gives the federal government even more power to create a bias motivation justice system, turning America into a police state."
Michael Marcavage, director of Repent America and Pike both had alerted their constituencies earlier to H.R. 254, or the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which could create "anti-hate" restrictions and penalties...
...The H.R. 254 plan, proposed by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, is "stealth legislation at its most devious," Pike said earlier. He said people take a glance, and then say, "This bill just wants federal power to prosecute bias-motivated violent crimes in the states – what's wrong with that?"
"There's plenty wrong with that!" he said. First, the Constitution does not grant federal government the "police state privilege" of being your local law enforcement. "Unless the government finds evidence of slavery in the states, jury tampering, voter fraud, or crimes involving interstate commerce (where jurisdiction is unclear), the Constitution's message to the federal government is blunt and emphatic: 'Butt out of local law enforcement!'"
However, Pike said the authors of the new legislation have been clever, inserting in the proposal assertions that because five states do not have hate laws, the federal government has "no choice" but to "enhance federal enforcement of hate crimes." That includes new ranks of federal agents to address the "serious national problem" that exists.
Worse yet, there are some key phrases that open doors wide that many people don't want opened. For example, Pike said, the bill is to "prevent and respond to alleged violations," meaning "the government does not even have to wait until a hate crime has been committed but may act pre-emptively to 'prevent' crime...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: What does this mean? It means any homosexual can start a federal investigation (leading to a prosecution) of any Christian Church that preaches against homosexuality, claiming that he/she "felt threatened" by such teachings. No other Christian organization stands against the sin of homosexuality more than the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is by far the largest religious organization in the United States, standing squarely against homosexuality as a sin against nature and God. So any such legislation, which makes criticism of homosexuality illegal, is a strike against Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular. This bill is probably the most anti-Catholic piece of legislation the US Congress has ever proposed. If it goes forward, and becomes law, the United States government will officially become an anti-Catholic regime. No practicing Catholic will be safe in America. Any Catholic who dares to espouse the teachings of the Church on homosexuality will be subject to "hate-crimes" prosecution. Even this blog will become illegal. Readers of 'The Catholic Knight' should take note of who supports this bill -- so they can be asked "Why are you supporting anti-Catholic legislation?" I hate to say I told you so, but its happening in an incredibly predictable fashion. Anti-Catholic bigots operating within the highest reaches of our federal government are now fearlessly taking their hatred of us into the the public spotlight, knowing the mainstream media will give them a free pass on it, and the average American voter will let it slide without consequence. Take note of them readers, take note of who supports H.R. 254, and remember who they are. The 2008 election is just around the corner.