One Angry Christian
It's not hard to find unless all you read it the NYT.
Religious Persecution Growing Worldwide, Group SaysI believe I mentioned this part in a previous post. Someone was asking me about it. This bit fell into my lap so ... here it is. You want money quotes? We got plenty.
By Payton Hoegh
January 17, 2007
At a time when religious persecution prompts growing international concern, Christian advocates in the U.S. marked Religious Freedom Day Tuesday by drawing attention to those who do not have the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. However, some voiced concern that a bill currently before Congress may dilute religious freedom at home too, by threatening free speech under the guise of outlawing "hate crimes."
'Hate crimes' concernsEmphasis mine of course, and as you'll see in a second I've been researching this lots.
Some Christian advocacy groups worry that religious freedoms may also be at risk in the U.S.
Earlier this month Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) reintroduced a hate crimes bill that has failed to pass several times in the past.
Focus on the Family Action in a statement Tuesday linked the controversial measure to Religious Freedom Day.
"America was founded on religious freedom, and our future greatness as a nation depends on it," said Tom Minnery, the organization's senior vice president of government and public policy.
Minnery said the hate crimes bill "threatens that future by not aggressively prosecuting criminal acts, but by giving Washington the power to decide what constitutes criminal thought."
He said in some states similar legislation had been used "to punish peaceful demonstrators who have made politically incorrect statements." Minnery cited a 2004 case in Pennsylvania, when 11 Christians were arrested and five charged under a state hate crimes law after protesting against a homosexual event.
Found a rather interesting video. I don't understand why they would be in the middle of that sort of a gathering doing that, but ... the truth is ... they have as much right to be there as anyone else. If I have to swallow supporting code pink's right to spew all it's moronic ultra liberal socialist sponsored crap then they can deal with a few guys with a loud speaker, a guitar, and a camera. I got one word for you: wa.
I'm still trying to figure out then... why homosexuals who show up to our local churches and scream all kinds of horrible profanities at those attending including small children who haven't a clue why these strange people are calling them Nazis, homophobes, bigots, and other things I just won't post here - aren't arrested for the same sort of hate crimes.
Oh, that's right. Their profanity is called "freedom of speech". Our beliefs and mere presence are called ... "hate speech". So where's my star again? Considering we have a San Francisco fanatic at the helm of the Senate I don't think it's entirely out of the question. I mean, hey San Francisco is officially condemning Christians for simply showing up:
According to Assemblyman Mark Leno "they're loud, they're obnoxious, they're disgusting, and they should get out of San Francisco."
Yeah, okay fine. I would tend to think that protesting such a group is just silly. Of all the things to protest, nice Christian kids wanting to help poor folks and pass out Bibles would seem to be low on the list. But hey, it's a free country, and our Constitution guarantees them the right to protest for or against whatever they want.
However, that same First Amendment also guarantees freedom of religion, and anti-Christians clearly crossed a line with an official government condemnation. From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution condemning the "act of provocation" by what it termed an "anti-gay," "anti-choice" organization that aimed to "negatively influence the politics of America's most tolerant and progressive city."
The full text of the resolution does not seem to be readily available, but here's what's on the San Francisco city website:
060371 [Condemning upcoming rally to be held by anti-abortion groups in front of City Hall on Friday, March 24, 2006] Supervisors Ammiano, Ma, Maxwell, Daly, Peskin, Mirkarimi
Resolution condemning upcoming rally to be held by anti-abortion groups in front of City Hall on Friday, March 24, 2006.
ADOPTED by the following vote:
Ayes: 11 - Alioto-Pier, Ammiano, Daly, Dufty, Elsbernd, Ma, Maxwell, McGoldrick, Mirkarimi, Peskin, Sandoval
Back up, Jack. What business, what RIGHT does any government body have to be making official condemnations of religious rallies? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." That of course applies to all levels of US government as well.
Where's the ACLU? They're busy defending the rights of pedophiles of course. That legislation is utterly unconstitutional, and a violation of Christian rights.
He did miss the best part of that article though (from the Sf Gate of all places):
That's bad news to Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who told counterprotesters at City Hall on Friday that while such fundamentalists may be small in number, "they're loud, they're obnoxious, they're disgusting, and they should get out of San Francisco."That leaves nothing to the imagination of how San Francisco's leaders feel about "freedom of expression" where it disagrees with their views.
Yet more reason to be afraid of the new Democrat ultra liberal anti Christian hate machine known as "The new majority". Just think: Soon you too can be called a bigot and told you can't voice your opinions in public if you're not an avid support of the homosexual life style. Hell, maybe some day they'll have enough of a majority to label your vote hate speech.
Hope you guys sleep well tonight. I'll be in the back digging my bomb shelter.
-One Angry Christian
(If supporting traditional marriage makes me a bigot then put that big ole star right on my chest)