Attaching “hate crimes” to the defense bill: Brown and Voinovich approved.

Express your outrage to Senators Brown and Voinovich.

They voted in favor of attaching unjust “hate crimes legislation” to the Defense bill.

July 21, 2009 – In an underhanded effort to pass controversial legislation without even a fair hearing and public debate, late in night of July 16, 63 members of the U.S. Senate voted to attach the “Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act” as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill.

In spite of our pleas to reject this unconscionable move, both Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator George Voinovich were among those voting in favor of the amendment strategy.

Please click the link at the bottom of the page to let both Ohio senators know that they have grossly misrepresented you.

By voting YES to attaching hate crimes legislation to the Defense Authorization Bill, Ohio’s two senators have effectively done the following:

  • They have trampled on the fundamental constitutional guarantee of equal justice under the law. In the American system of jurisprudence crimes are to be investigated, prosecuted and punished without regard to the color of a person’s skin, without regard to a person’s gender, without regard to a person’s sexual orientation, without regard to any personal characteristic. “Hate crimes legislation” revokes this foundational principle, mandating that crimes committed against persons who belong to certain protected classes receive a higher intensity of investigation, prosecution and punishment than the same crimes committed against other persons.
  • They have paved the way for destruction of another fundamental constitutional guarantee – freedom of religious expression. Homosexual activist groups have lobbied extensively for this bill because they see it as a way to silence religiously based objection to homosexual behaviors. Although on the surface the “hate crimes law” pertains only to violent acts causing bodily injury, loopholes still exist that will allow the law to be used to penalize the mere expression of thoughts perceived to be hostile to the protected classes. This has happened in other countries where virtually identical laws are in place. It will happen here.
  • They have given their approval to still another unnecessary and unconstitutional federal power grab. There is no statistical evidence to support a claim that states are not vigorously prosecuting all violent crimes. Congress has no authority to federalize a responsibility that lies within the constitutional authority and competence of the states.

Please click the link below to let Senators Brown and Voinovich know that you have had enough of their teaming with the Obama administration to violate fundamental principles of American government and to undermine foundational moral truths.

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