Thursday, September 27, 2007

AFA of PA ACTION ALERT: Hate Crimes Vote Probably Later Today



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September 27, 2007


Hate Crimes Bill Likely to be Voted on This Morning – Senators Casey and Specter Need to Hear from You, Your Family and Friends!


The Senate moves closer to a vote on the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 – now being offered as two amendments to the Defense Authorization bill --   HR 1585.   On Tuesday Senator Harry Reid offered Amendment 3035 which is identical to Senator Ted Kennedy’s Amendment 2067 to HR 1585.  


The name itself shows how desperate the Democrats are to deceive the American people.  In November 2004 the program 20/20 revealed that Matthew Shepherd’s murder was not a hate crime. He was murdered during a robbery attempt and not because he identified as homosexual.  His murderers were sentenced to life in prison even though Wyoming does not have a hate crimes law.  The prosecution would have sought the death penalty, but Matthew’s parents do not believe in it.


Yesterday Senator Kennedy and others, including Senator Bob Casey, Jr. joined in the call for a cloture vote. 


Senator Casey’s reasons included:


·               Strengthen on law enforcement’s ability to prosecute hate crimes

·         Help DOJ work with local enforcement

·         Another personal story that we need to be “reminded of” – Matthew Shepard.

·         This is about ‘stamping out hate in the hearts of people across the country.’

·         ‘Fully and vigorously prosecute these type of crimes”


Senator Kennedy has tried to say that the hate crimes bill belongs as part of the Defense Authorization Act because of ‘domestic terrorism.’  Is he saying that those who do not approve of the homosexual lifestyle are domestic terrorists?  Here are some of Kennedy’s remarks from Wednesday:


·         Said we are morally COMPELLED to pass this bill

·         Said hate crimes was germane because of DOMESTIC TERRORISM

·         Mentioned Democrat values to do so

·         Said hate crimes will STRENGTHEN the MILITARY

·         Said ALL HATE needs to be FEDERALLY prosecuted.


·      Mentioned “25 deaths a day” statistic, but did NOT delineate the portion that is actually related to sexual identity or gender identity.

Former Attorney General Ed Meese has explained why the "hate crimes" measure is unconstitutional:


“Congress only has express constitutional jurisdiction over three crimes: treason, counterfeiting and piracy on the high seas. Because the federal government is one of limited and enumerated powers, Congress must find authority in other constitutional clauses to federalize particular crimes or such acts would violate federalism principles, the Tenth Amendment, or other structural limits in the Constitution.”

President Bush has said he will veto the Defense Authorization bill if it contains the hate crimes provisions.  Why are the Democrats willing to chance this veto?

Message:  “There is NO place for social policy debate on a Department of Defense bill – especially knowing that such a measure DERAILS THE BILL entirely.”




1.)  Please take time to make two phone calls . . . contact the Senators’ 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.


Message:  “There is NO place for social policy debate on a Department of Defense bill – especially knowing that such a measure DERAILS THE BILL entirely.”


2.)  If you have not signed our Petition Opposing the Hate Crimes Bill, please do so.  These will be faxed to one of Senator Casey’s and Senator Specter’s district offices later this morning.  Click here to sign. 


3.)  More than hate crimes legislation is going on in Washington, D.C.  The reauthorization of No Child Left Behind is being debated also.  My guest for this week’s “American Family Focus on PA Issues” radio program is Julie Quist of EdWatch.  You can click here to listen. 


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 sending an e-mail to 


5.)  Please consider supporting the ongoing work of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania.  Make an online donation.


In His service,


Diane Gramley


American Family Association of PA



AFA of PA encourages Christians, through education, to become involved in pro-family issues in their community, state and the nation.

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