Sunday, March 01, 2009

Imprisoning Christians? YAY!!! except it's not...

According to CADC, or the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, it is. Now I'm pretty sure "bearing false witness" is one of the sins that made the baby Jesus have to die, right? So let's look and see just how much honesty their Christian convictions inspire:
To quote the article:
Why should you be fuming and taking action before you even finish reading this? Because these two bills that are going to be sent to President Barack Obama's desk will silence Christians from speaking against homosexuality or teaching our children that it is wrong. You would quite literally be committing a Federal crime and convicted. If these bills get passed, not only will Christians be silenced -- but, the government is scheduled to swoop in with $10 Million dollars to drive a stake right into the heart of Christians by making sure your children hear and are taught everything against Judeo-Christian beliefs.

The two bills that I am talking about are the David Ray Ritcheson Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 262) coupled with the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 256). These two bills were just introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee and are expected to be signed by President Barack Obama who has supported this legislation at the state level in the past. These two bills CANNOT get to President Obama's desk! No way Christians! You must act now if you want to continue practicing your Christian faith and teaching it to your children. Sign the petition against Hate Crimes Legislation!
But wait... before you sign... notice where I underlined, how carefully it instructs you not to bother finishing reading it, but immediately go ahead and start screaming against it? Well... that's because if you actually did read the two bills, you'd find nothing whatsoever about federal imprisonment for Christians. Not a damned thing. Here's what those two bills actually say:
David Ray Ritcheson Hate Crime Prevention Act - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow victims of hate crimes to claim unemployment insurance for loss of employment directly resulting from their experience as victims of such crimes.
Prohibits health care insurers from taking into account whether a person is or has been a victim of a hate crime when making a determination as to eligibility for insurance coverage, the rate or premium of an insurance plan or policy, and the amount of insurance coverage provided. Amends the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to allow a victim of a hate crime to take family and medical leave.

Authorizes the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to award grants to provide housing to victims of a hate crime, homeless individuals who require housing assistance as a result of being a victim of a hate crime, and individuals for whom emergency shelter services are unavailable or insufficient. Authorizes the Attorney General to award grants to:
(1) provide counseling and related assistance to victims of hate crimes and their dependents;
(2) establish and operate a national clearinghouse and resource center for information and statistics relating to the incidence and prevention of hate crimes; and
(3) establish and operate a national, toll-free telephone hotline and a website to provide information and assistance to victims of hate crimes.
Requires the head of each federal agency to establish prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs and services relating to hate crimes for employees.
Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award grants to local educational agencies and institutions of high education to improve and provide programs relating to hate crimes.
In other words, it's only a bill to help those who've suffered from violent hate-crimes to receive help and get back on their feet while they're incapable of returning to work. That's all this says.
David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 or David's Law - Amends the federal criminal code to impose penalties for willfully causing bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive device, attempting to cause such injury, whether or not acting under color of law, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability of any person, where the offense is in or affects interstate or foreign commerce. Directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to study the issue of adult recruitment of juveniles to commit hate crimes and, if appropriate, to amend the federal sentencing guidelines to provide sentencing enhancements for such an offense.
Requires the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make grants to state and local programs designed to combat hate crimes committed by juveniles.
Authorizes appropriations to the Department of the Treasury and to DOJ for FY2009-FY2011 to increase the number of personnel to protect against criminal interference with federally-protected activities.
And this merely incarcerates those who have committed violence against someone based on any form of discrimination. Violence. Not speaking. If the CADC thinks that this "will silence Christians from speaking against homosexuality or teaching our children that it is wrong" then clearly their idea of speaking against homosexuals involves not just beating them up, but then preventing them from surviving after they've done so.

Point is, CADC is telling one massive whopper of a lie to frighten Christians into rallying against bills to help prevent nothing more than the acts of gay-bashing, violent gay-bashing, which presently usually goes unpunished, or at least barely punished, leaving the victim with nothing to pick up the pieces of the act brought against him.

So if it comes to you from anybody, send this to them. Tell them the truth.