Friday, June 22, 2007

'Thought Crimes' Bill will Stifle Speech--One Way or Another

Advocates of the "thought crimes" (or so-called "hate crimes") bill, which has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is pending in the Senate (S. 1105), insist that it will do nothing to limit freedom of speech or freedom of religion because federal prosecutions would be limited to cases involving "bodily injury." But the intention of such advocates to stifle speech by one means or another has now been laid bare in a letter from two of the bill's Chief House co-sponsors.

Representatives John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) wrote last week to the Commerce Department urging a federal investigation into "the role of telecommunications in the dissemination of speech that may encourage or advocate hate crimes," to determine whether "current uses of telecommunications media" may "convey messages of bigotry or hatred, creating a climate of fear and inciting individuals to commit hate crimes." Homosexual activists ludicrously charged FRC with exactly such "incitement" in 1998, after the despicable murder of homosexual college student Matthew Shepard in a drug-related crime. It is clear from other countries that have adopted "hate crimes" laws that they eventually lead to the harassment and silencing of churches and Christians.

(Family Research Council, Tony Perkins' Washington Update, June 22, 2007)

· Continue to lift up S. 1105 in prayer, for its intent is NOT what it may seem to be on the surface. Our enemy is crafty, but our GOD has the final word in all things. Praise HIM and watch Him move!

· "Thus far and no further, and here shall your proud waves be stopped." (Job 38:11)