To move forward on President Obama’s wishes to make homosexuals a protected class under federal law, the U.S. Senate overnight Thursday attached the Hate Crimes bill to a Defense Authorization bill started to beef up the military. The vote was brought to the floor of the Senate after most Americans went to bed on Thursday, July 16. The bill was passed 63-28 with all 28 votes against it coming from Republicans.
When Atty. General Eric Holder testified before the Senate in June to urge the passage of the bill, he was asked by Republican Senator Jeff Sessions about a hypothetical situation that if a minister quotes what the Bible says about homosexuality in a sermon and is then physically attacked by a gay activist for the biblical quote, will the minister be protected? Holder’s reply was, “Well, the statute would not – would not necessarily cover that. We’re talking about crimes that have a historic basis. Groups who have been targeted for violence as a result of the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, that is what this statute tends – is designed to cover. We don’t have the indication that the attack was motivated by a person’s desire to strike at somebody who was in one of these protected groups. That would not be covered by the statute.” So, Christians who preach against the sin of homosexuality would not be protected.
However, according to WorldNetDaily.com, an amendment to the bill added by Republican Senator Sam Brownback was agreed to by a vote of 78-13 that such hate crimes laws will not be applied in a manner that infringes on the First Amendment. According to the Liberty Counsel, an organization fighting for the preservation of religious freedoms, “Language designed to protect speech and religion notwithstanding, the hate crimes amendment discriminates against some classes of crime victims and gives special rights based on ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity,’ including sexual fetishes and philias,” which would include pedophilia.
The ultimate purpose, as we will see in the future should our liberal President sign it into law, will be to persecute and silence Christians whenever possible. All one has to do is look at how such measures have been used on liberal college campuses, in cities like Philadelphia, and in countries like Canada and England to know that such laws are used against Bible-believing Christians by those who hate them–namely gay rights activists. In anticipation of such impending persecution, it’s high time for believers to pray fervently to God for his protection and then beef up the legal defense funds of churches and parachurch organizations. We may be entering an era as in ancient Rome when we will have to fight for our very lives and livelihoods. I also find it suspicious that most news outlets have downplayed the passage of the bill, if they bother to mention it at all.