Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Hate Crimes Bill
Recently in Colorado a bill was passed to, in effect, outlaw hate crimes. It is meant to protect people from being discriminated against because of religion, race, or sexual orientation. It prohibits people from,“displaying in any way, manner, or shape or by any means or method…any communication, paper, book, pamphlet…notice, or advertisement of any kind…that is intended or calculated to discriminate or actually discriminates….” This is a very scary bill indeed. Can you see how it attacks our very freedom of speech? And who is to determine what is "calculated to discriminate"? There are those who feel that this could escalate to the printing of certain passages in the Bible. I'm not sure it would escalate to that point, because religion is one of the groups supposedly protected by this bill, but you can see how the interpretation of it could escalate to include religious beliefs. Would churches in the future be forced to allow things in their religion that might otherwise have been unaccepted? It's hard to say, but the frightening part is that Obama backs these "hate crime" bills. It's a scary world today.