Monday, November 19, 2007

AFA of PA ACTION ALERT: What's Next in PA Hate Crimes Debate?



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November 16, 2007


Now That PA’s Hate Crimes Law is Unconstitutional, What’s Next?


If you didn’t get the news – the PA hate crimes law was declared unconstitutional in a court decision yesterday.  Click here to read our news release. 


Attorney General Tom Corbett has thirty days to decide if he will appeal the decision to the PA Supreme Court. 


Governor Rendell is already calling on the legislature “to immediately approve appropriate legislation reinstating the measure.” 


So, what can we do in the meantime?  We have yet another chance to stop the effort to add ‘actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity’ to the PA hate crimes law.  Call your State Senator and State Representative and encourage them to not support any new hate crimes bill. 


Some facts to consider:


q     Hate crime laws are unnecessary – are there any violent crimes not driven by hate?  Legislators said back in 2002 said this bill was meant to deal with blood on the streets . . . thugs and hooligans.  The arrest of the Philadelphia Eleven proved that wrong!   Click here to read the timeline and quotes from legislators.

 q     According to FBI Stats there were 118 ‘hate crimes’ in Pennsylvania in 2005 – the most recent statistics available. 

q     Homosexual men are in more danger of violence from their partners than from someone who does not agree with their lifestyle. 




1.)  Please consider contacting your State Senator and State Representative at their district office over Thanksgiving break.  Click here for contact information.    If you don’t know who your state legislator is, please enter your county or zip code in the upper right hand corner of this webpage.


2.)  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


3.)  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.


4.)  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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