Orwellian System of Hate Crimes Prosecution Must Be Abolished March 1, 2007

by HUMPHREY Email

For roughly the past two decades, the federal government has been tabulating so-called ?hate crimes.? Many states have laws which impose additional penalties to sentences for assault and other violent offenses if they are identified as hate crimes against protected classes of people.

That this approach violates the principle of equal protection under the law is obvious. Defenders of this approach insist that the State must use such means to combat improper retrograde attitudes This is by definition a totalitarian concept of law, since it gives the State jurisdiction over an individual's thoughts and beliefs.

Democratic Congresswoman Shelia Jackson-Lee of Texas has introduced HR 254, a bill that would mandate separate federal prosecution of crimes allegedly motivated by prejudice against ?the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability of any person.? This bill would impose penalties up to life imprisonment. And it could lead to federal criminal prosecution of religious leaders who oppose homosexuality as a soul-destroying sin.

Obviously, HR 254 must be defeated, but the entire Orwellian system of hate crimes prosecution must be abolished as well.

Let us stand in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.

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