Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Down to the Wire on Hate (Thought) Crimes

Family Research Council

Down to the Wire on Hate (Thought) Crimes
December 4, 2007

In an attempt to force the veto pen of President Bush, liberals on Capitol Hill have inserted the hate (thought) crimes language into the Defense Appropriations bill expanding both the definition of hate crimes and of those who can be found culpable under these provisions.

The definition is broadened to include sexual orientation among the protected classes, elevating sexual attraction to the status of race and creed. Those who can be found culpable have also been expanded to include not only those who commit the crime but those who may have unknowingly "inspired" those actions. For example, a pastor can be considered legally culpable if he preaches against the homosexual agenda and a member of his congregation subsequently commits a crime against a homosexual. Thus, the act against the homosexual is considered a crime, as it should be, but so also is the thought against the agenda or conduct.

Liberals have deviously inserted this provision in the Defense Appropriations bill. If conservative negotiators are unsuccessful in excising this provision from the bill then President Bush will be forced to do one of two things. First, he could veto the bill, which would then cause delays in funding our troops in Iraq. Second he could sign the bill to ensure the troops receive their funds, but have the unfortunate outcome of granting the new hate crimes provision the force of law.

Given the urgency and importance of these issues please help the House and Senate negotiators by calling members and urging them to remove this provision. Tell them it should be removed because the provision is not germane to the national defense of this country. Most importantly, tell them that the provision should be removed because it runs counter to our country's bedrock principles of free speech and thought.

Call committee members below or click here to send them an email.


Carl Levin, Chairman (D-MI): 202-224-6221

Ted Kennedy (D-MA): 202-224-4543

Robert Byrd (D-WV): 202-224-3954

Joe Lieberman (I-CT): 202-224-4041

Jack Reed (D-RI): 202-224-4642

Daniel Akaka (D-HI): 202-224-6361

Bill Nelson (D-FL): 202-224-5274

Ben Nelson (D-NE): 202-224 -6551

Evan Bayh (D-IN): 202-224-5623

Hillary Clinton (D-NY): 202-224-4451

Mark Pryor (D-AR): 202-224-2353

Jim Webb (D-VA): 202-224-4024

Claire McCaskill (D-MO): 202-224-6154

John Warner (R-VA): 202-224-2023

Susan Collins (R-ME): 202-224-2523


Chairman: Rep Ike Skelton (D-MO): 202-225-2876

Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX): 202-225-7742

Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI): 202-225-2726

Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA): 202-225-1880

Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA): 202-225-2040

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA): 202-225-8901

Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA): 202-225-2265

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) 202-225 -2506

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR): 202-225-1188

Rep. John Spratt (D-SC): 202-225-5501

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ): 202-225-6501

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN): 202-225-4311

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA): 202-225-2965

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX): 202-225-4831

Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO): 202-225-2161

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA): 202-225-6531

Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ): 202-225-4765

Down to the Wire on Hate (Thought) Crimes


Tony Perkins

P.S. Please e-mail members of the Defense Appropriations Conference and urge them to remove the hate (thought) crimes provision.



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