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The Senate could vote on dangerous "hate crimes" legislation before Memorial Day. You can help stop this bill.
Homosexual activists at the Human Rights Campaign claim that passing "hate crimes" legislation is necessary to protect homosexuals. The reality is that a federal bill is overbroad and not needed.
FBI statistics reveal that in 2007 about 1.4 million violent crimes were committed in the U.S. Of these, 1,512 were reported as "hate crimes" motivated by "sexual orientation" bias. Two-thirds were name calling, pushing or shoving. In each case, where appropriate, offenders were prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Victims received the exact same justice guaranteed every American.
"Hate crimes" gives preference to victims based on actual or perceived "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." Since "sexual orientation" is not defined, any and all sexual behaviors could be included (click here for a list). Incredibly, amendments to exclude pedophiles and those who engage in bestiality were voted down. Amendments to extend protections to military members, senior citizens and law enforcement officers were also voted down.
This legislation would create second-class citizens and violate the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection for all citizens under the law.
It would require the government to prioritize its resources to investigate and prosecute crimes committed against individuals based on sexual behavior or "gender identity" above crimes committed against other victims. This legislation panders to homosexual activists and gives them special rights over and above those enjoyed by all Americans.
This is an unnecessary power grab by the federal government. Forty-five states already have some form of "hate crimes" legislation and they have a good track record of enforcing the law.
The Senate will vote soon on "hate crimes." We need your help now to defeat this legislation!
- Call your Senators at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose the "hate crimes" bill.
- Print Concerned Women for America's "hate crimes" fact card for your friends, family and church. Urge them to call their Senators and oppose "hate crimes" also.
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