When I moved to Texas I was amazed to hear the Civil War called “The War of Northern Aggression” waged against the noble southern values and their happy “darkies”. As Billie Holiday sang “Southern Trees bear Strange Fruit”.
Over the years I’ve watched as the bigots have traded their Klan robes and cross burnings for the much more profitable and acceptable platforms for hate of the McMegaChurch pulpits and Armani suits.
Traditional Values? How test marketed is that one? Sounds like a freaking Hallmark card. A slick selling of lies and hatred.
As a transkid I had my right to an education destroyed by bullying. Bullying that this organization sees as a traditional KKKristian value. Bullying that damaged my entire life far more than having been born with transsexualism.
As for hate crimes. Every Angie Zapata is a lynching performed in the name of the values espoused by groups like this and Focus on the Family. They should be co-defendants, un-indited co-conspirators in a war of hatred and bigotry aimed at a group they have decided to scapegoat as a money raising scam. In this they are basically no different from the Nazis, mere peddlers of hatred.
Oh by the way all things being a point of view. Where I come from the Civil War is looked upon as being about preserving the Union and ending slavery.
Traditional Values Coalition, DC, USA
Pastors Targeted For Prosecution By New Legislation
April 3, 2009 – The Traditional Values Coalition calls the re-introduction in Congress of the so-called hate crimes bill a thinly veiled attempt at silencing Christians. TVC warned that it is yet another attack on Christians by this Congress and the next step toward the prosecution of pastors and others by seeking to criminalize speech and thought.
Yesterday, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) quietly introduced HR 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Crimes Prevention Act (LLECPA). TVC Executive Director Andrea Lafferty issued the following statement on the LLECPA:
* This so-called hate crime bill will be used to lay the legal foundation and framework to investigate, prosecute and persecute pastors, business owners, and anyone else whose actions are based upon and reflect the truths found in the Bible.
* Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has pointed out that this legislation will be used to intimidate and prosecute pastors who may preach Biblical sermons concerning the homosexual agenda and lifestyle. The legislation broadly defines “intimidation. A pastor’s sermon could be considered “hate speech” under this legislation if heard by an individual who then acts aggressively against persons based on any “sexual orientation.” The pastor could be prosecuted for “conspiracy to commit a hate crime.” Rep. Gohmert explains this danger in a YouTube video <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMh4jvRRsNM>
[Video: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMh4jvRRsNM> Gohmert on the Christian heart (HR 1592)]
* This legislation is based on exaggerated and unsubstantiated claims of an epidemic of hate against homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgenders. The latest FBI statistics from 2007 show that out of 1,521 victims of sexual orientation bias crimes, only 242 resulted in actual bodily harm. The rest were incidents of intimidation — name-calling or shoving. This is hardly an epidemic of hate against homosexuals.
* This hate crime bill defines “sexual orientation” as actual or perceived. This means that all 30 sexual orientations defined by the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV could be considered protected minorities under federal law. Do we really want voyeurists, incestuous fathers, pedophiles or diaper fetishists claiming federal minority status under this law?
* The real goal of this legislation is to target speech and expression not to help local law enforcement officials deal with crime. The second goal is to criminalize any criticism of bizarre
sexual behaviors as “hate speech” or a “hate crime” to be prosecuted by federal officials.
We urge Members of Congress to soundly reject this attack upon free speech and freedom of religion.