Friday, March 23, 2007

Traditional Values Coalition Attacks Hate Crime Bill

If WorldNetDaily can be called 'WingNutDaily,' then the pinheads over at the Traditional Values Coalition are nothing less than your average patients in an insane asylum. Sure, it's a compressed asylum, but one that churns out some of the most mind-boggling insanity I've read. A prime example is their latest rant concerning the House of Representatives' bill, The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crime Prevention Act, a bill which addresses hate crimes instigated on the basis of any bias. I was immediately offended by the organization's title of choice, because I can't understand how or why any hate crime legislation could be demonized in any form or fashion...especially in the abusive manner TVC employed. I was even more offended and disgusted as I read...

H.R. 1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, is a
rehash of his 2005 bill, according to sources in Congress.H.R. 1592 claims there
is an epidemic of “hate” against homosexuals and cross-dressers that is so
pervasive throughout our nation, that local law enforcement officials are
overwhelmed in dealing with the problem.

Do these people not read any newspapers or watch any news programs? Of course there have been incidents of hate against homosexuals and transgendered people! Here are just a few examples...

Gay beaten to death...headline, Arizona Daily

Two CU Students Charged With Hate Crimes...headline, Fox
News Colorado

Trans Woman Found Dead...headline, Bay Area

These are what I found in an impromptu search...imagine what I would find if I made a more comprehensive search. TVC goes on to say...

Contrary to what John Conyers claims, there is no epidemic of hate against
individuals because of their sexual orientation. FBI hate crime statistics from
2005 (the latest available) report only 1,171 cases of sexual orientation bias
against individuals. Of those, 301 were listed as “intimidation,” which is
name-calling. Another 333 were listed as “simple assault,” which is pushing or
shoving. Only 177 were listed as aggravated assault against a person because of
his sexual orientation.

Interesting. I wonder if an African-American or anyone from any other ethnic group would shrug their shoulders in the same manner TVC has over those statistics. In the language of the bill, as I mentioned earlier, the measure is to be extended to cover crimes based on any prejudicial bias...not just that of homosexuality and/or transsexuality. It's the final statement of their manifesto that just makes my blood boil...

“The ultimate goal of Conyers’ bill is to silence all opposition to the
homosexual/transgender political agenda. So-called ‘hate speech’ will be
suppressed because it supposedly incites individuals to violence against
homosexuals/ transgenders. Defined by homosexuals, hate speech is any verbal or
printed materials that criticize the normalization of sodomy in our culture. The
goal is to undermine the First Amendment and persecute Christians who oppose

Where is their evidence of such a definition by homosexuals, I wonder? I looked for a hyperlink, a footnote...something...but didn't find anything. Again...and I hope someone over at TVC who is capable of taking coherent notes is paying attention...the bill covers ALL hate crimes. How, then, is it an attempt to silence or end anything other than hate? Further, if they really want to get into a discussion about First Amendment rights, they'd better reread their own writing and reevaluate their own positions first. Historically, it has been the minority group or the group seeking an equal footing who has had their First Amendment rights trampled, or has been publicly criticized for having the audacity to assert them. It has been the maltreated who have had to fight for a platform from which to speak. Pull your heads out of your asses, TVC, and stop this ridiculousness!

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