Hate Crimes is on the move! Please see the below letter from Mr. Gohmert (R-TX), regarding efforts to include Hate Crimes in the Defense Authorization bill:
Thank you for standing with me to stridently defend personal liberty against the attempt to pass sweeping hate crimes legislation through the House of Representatives earlier this year. Advocates for granting heightened protection to crime victims based on their sexual orientation and other personal characteristics know that Americans will not support their bill if they know the truth about it. That is why the Senate added hate crimes legislation to an unrelated bill that must pass this year – the FY10 Defense Authorization. The bill that authorizes funding to equip the men and women who guard our freedoms currently contains language that will eviscerate personal freedom.
The FY10 Defense Authorization conference committee begins meeting this week with the goal of completing a conference report before October. It is imperative that all Americans become aware of this backdoor attempt to rewrite the nation’s criminal law and put religious liberty at risk. Please do all you can to encourage those who value liberty to persuade their senators and representatives to remove the hate crimes bill from the Defense Authorization. If the bill is necessary and meritorious then let it go through regular order and be voted on without hitching a ride on a bill that actually protects Americans.
People who act out of hate deserve to be punished harshly under our existing criminal laws. However, hate crime laws send a message that random, senseless acts of violence are far more preferable in society than violence with a motive. Every state has laws against violence of any kind, making hate crimes legislation completely unnecessary.
Existing federal law in 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2(a) states that if anyone “induces” a crime’s commission, that person is as guilty as the one who actually committed the crime. I have asked and it is clear that any religious leader who teaches or preaches that homosexuality is wrong and harmful to society can be charged if someone hears them and in their own mind is induced to commit a crime. It doesn’t matter if the charge holds up in court or not – the threat of prosecution will force leaders to alter their teaching over time.
Thank you for your help.
With kindest regards, I am
Very Truly Yours
Hon. Louie Gohmert
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