H.R. 254: A treat to our religious freedom

Dear Friends:

Way back in the 1980’s, homosexual activists laid out a thorough plan to gain acceptance and approval of homosexual behavior in America.  They have methodically, tirelessly, and too often effectively, executed that plan.

One of the late-stage steps in that plan was to work toward passage of legislation – at all levels of government – that would create stiffer penalties for crimes against those who identified themselves as homosexual than for other citizens.  Laws that clearly would contradict the “equal protection under the law” guaranteed by our 14th Amendment!

Eventually, they could criminalize thoughts and beliefs, rather than actions.

The end result would be suppression of our fundamental freedom to express our religious convictions on homosexual behavior…or to warn of the dangers inherent in that lifestyle.

It’s already happened in Scandinavian counties and in nearby Canada, where so-called “hate crimes” laws are in place, and where pastors have been fined and imprisoned for reading Scripture that speaks of homosexual behavior as sinful, and where Focus on the Family broadcasts are monitored for any mention of the negative comments pertaining to homosexual behavior.

And it could happen across the U.S. – if a proposed law, soon to be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives, is passed!

H.R. 254, would establish a federal “hate crimes” law.  It would create special protection and stiffer penalties for crimes motivated by someone’s actual or perceived  “sexual orientation.”

The language of H.R. 254 does not, in itself, criminalize speech against homosexual behavior.  But clearly, as recent history proves, such legislation opens the door to such criminalization of speech.

H.R.254 clearly contradicts the 14th Amendment of our Constitution, which guarantees equal protection under the law.  A crime against a person who happens to identify himself as homosexual is not more tragic or deserving of stiffer penalties than a crime against your spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Both should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But hate crime laws are unjust because they place a greater value on one person’s life over another.

H.R. 254 could well be the beginning of the end of freedom of religious expression in America…

UNLESS concerned citizens across the country make it very clear to their Representatives in the U.S. Congress that we understand where hate crimes legislation will lead, and encourage them to vote NO on H.R. 254.

Please take just a moment to ask your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 254.