Wednesday, October 28, 2009
President Obama signs hate crimes legislation and the clock begins
As far as I am concerned, let's not be so quick to let this story regarding hate crimes legislation die just yet.
Religious right groups have claimed that adding sexual orientation and gender identity to existing hate crimes legislation would lead to pastors being arrested in the pulpit for simply preaching that homosexuality is a sin.
Let's test that theory. To the right of this page is a countdown clock.
Are religious right claims true? How long will it take before pastors are led away in handcuffs, like so:
Make no mistake about it, this claim about pastors being arrested is a lie - an blatant lie that has been refuted continously.
And now that they have lost this round, will the religious right try to put this lie on a shelf, close the door, and never bring it up again?
I think they will try. And I also think we must never let them get away with it.
Religious right group's entire campaign against lgbt equality have been built on junk science, anecdotes taken out of context, distortion of legitimate research . . .
and fear stories having no basis in reality.
I say we remind the nation about how wrong their fear stories are.