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September 15, 2005

House adds "sexual-orientation" to "hate crime"

From WorldNetDaily...

In what is being characterized as an unexpected move, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved an amendment to a child-safety bill that adds "sexual orientation" to the federal "hate crimes" statute.

The amendment to the Children's Safety Act – which, among other things, creates a national website for child sex offenders and stipulates that sex felons face up to 20 years in prison for failing to comply with registration requirements – was offered by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and passed 223-199. Thirty Republicans, 192 Democrats and one Independent voted to add the "sexual orientation" language, while 194 Republicans and five Democrats voted no....

Robert Knight of Concerned Women for America was stunned the vote was taken with virtually no notice....

The Family Research Council is blasting the action in no small terms.

"Criminalizing thoughts as well as actions, and creating special categories of victims, are contrary to our entire system of laws," said FRC president Tony Perkins. "Furthermore, granting special protections based on one's 'sexual orientation' has repeatedly been rejected by Congress. It is shocking that a bill designed to protect children from sexual predators is now being used to protect the sexual preference of homosexuals.

"The Senate should reject the House's attempt to advance the political agenda of homosexuals at the expense of children."

It's an old trick to add a law that few want, as an amendment to a bill few dare oppose. It's the same as holding the safety of children hostage to the homosexual agenda. You can see who voted for the bill here. Members of Congress should have more integrity and backbone than to allow themselves to be so callously manipulated this way. This is exactly why the Founding Fathers wanted the Senate to be insulated from a direct vote of the people — so they could represent the people, not the momentary whims of the loudest.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 15, 2005 06:31 AM

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Why do I need to blog, when you do so well at it?

Well, anyways, I've commented on this topic and listed the 30 Republicans who sided with the Democrats on this issue:



Posted by: JR @ RightFaith at September 15, 2005 03:04 PM

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