Monday, July 30, 2007

Hate Crimes Legislation

I am concerned about hate crimes bills that are springing up around the country and around the world. On the surface, it might sound good--who wants to hear individuals or groups spewing hate-filled messages all over the place? However, as one looks deeper, it appears that hate-crimes laws smack of censorship and of thought police. Are we free or are we not?

Some links to articles for your perusal:

"Think No Evil" by Janet Levy at Front Page Magazine

"Case over 'vilifying' Islam settled" at WorldNetDaily

"Political website cited for crime of 'offending'" by Bob Unruh, also at WorldNetDaily

It just seems to me that the bills are vague and that those enforcing them can do whatever they want depending on their own political leanings. So far, it appears that conservatives and Christians are the main "criminals" being attacked by the use of these laws, but anyone could become a victim in the endorsement of these laws.

This would be a good time to contact your senators and representatives and urge them to vote against any such law.

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At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Pop said...

We will be free only as long as we want to be free. Although a non-smoker, I don't think much of no smoking laws. Now those "who know best" want to legislate what you can eat, what you can say and if they ever figure out how, what you can think. I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out the direction this is headed. How long till you can't proclaim the gospel, because it offends one of the "select" groups.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Mary A said...

Pop, sorry for being so slow to respond! You are right, of course. This sort of legislation gives the government more and more control and the individual less and less. It takes away our agency to decide for ourselves what we will and will not do. If we don't stop turning over control of ourselves to others, we will find ourselves without freedom at all.


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