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AFA of PA ACTION ALERT
1.) Hate Crimes Update -- Vote This Thursday!
2.) Vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act May be THIS WEEK
3.) Please Call Tomorrow!
1.) As we continue fighting against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, we cannot forget that a vote on the federal hate crimes bill is still pending. It has currently been attached as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act – SA 2067 to HR 1585 There are now over 500 amendments to this bill. Not all will be discussed and voted on, but you can be sure that Kennedy’s hate crimes amendment will be! We just got word from a reliable source that the vote in the Senate will be this Thursday! Remember this same language has already passed the U.S. House. Click here to see how your Congressman voted on this outrageous bill.
2.) The Employment Non-Discrimination Act – HR 2015 – sounds like an ‘okay’ bill. And polls consistently show that Americans do not want people to be fired simply because they are homosexual. But exactly what are these Americans being told or not being told about this bill? Are they being told that this bill will require all businesses with fifteen or more employees to permit men who think they are women to use the women’s restroom and workplace showers?
According to the bill, only an organization “which has as its primary purpose religious ritual or worship or the teaching or spreading of religious doctrine or belief” is exempt. Are they being told that the very narrow ‘religious exemption’ in the bill will require Christian schools and daycares to hire homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders?
Americans are fair-minded, but are they willing to toss out all decency in the workplace. Are they willing to require Christian schools, daycares and bookstores to hire those who oppose their beliefs and mission?
Even though this bill is anti-business, as of last week not one business association had announced opposition to it!
1.) If freedom of speech and equal protection under the law is important to you, please contact Senator Specter and Senator Casey. Please take time to make two phone calls . . . contact their district office nearest you and their D.C. office. Please call. Too many times e-mails can be easily ignored and deleted. Click here for Senator Specter’s contact information. Click here for Senator Casey’s information. Make sure you leave your name and address when you make the calls. Remember the vote currently is scheduled for Thursday!
Message: Vote ‘No’ on Amendment # 2067 –the Kennedy Amendment—to the Defense Reauthorization bill.
Additional Talking Points are at the end of this alert.
2.) Please contact your Congressman and ask him or her to vote ‘No’ on HR 2015 – the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Click here to find your Congressman – key in your nine-digit zip code in the upper left hand corner. Share this information with others, click here for an ENDA Fact Sheet.
3.) Don’t forget you can now listen to Diane Gramley’s weekly radio program ‘American Family Focus on PA Issues’ on our website. Click here.
4.) Feel free to forward this alert to other concerned Pennsylvanians. If this alert is being forwarded to you by a friend, please feel free to sign up by clicking here. Please indicate in which county you live.
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This Hate Crimes bill:
q Federalizes each and every State and local crime
q Threatens religious leaders and groups with criminal prosecution and investigations into a suspect’s thoughts, beliefs and statements.
q Requires criminal investigations to probe if a crime occurred “because of” bias towards a protected group, and opens the door to criminal investigations of a suspect’s philosophical beliefs, politics, biases, religion, activities, and past statements.
q Creates unequal treatment of victims by treating crimes against protected groups more seriously than non-protected groups (e.g. the murder of a homosexual victim will be treated more seriously than a heterosexual victim.)
q Violates the Commerce Clause, the Thirteenth, the Fourteenth and the Fifteenth Amendments.
q The Hate Crimes bill is unnecessary: the underlying offense is already fully and aggressively prosecuted in all 50 States. FBI statistics show that the incidence of hate crimes has actually declined over the last ten years.
q Violent attacks upon people or property are already illegal, regardless of the motive behind them. With ‘hate crimes’ laws, however, people are essentially given one penalty for the actions they engaged in, and an additional penalty for the politically incorrect thoughts that allegedly motivated those actions.