Janet Porter is president of Faith2Action*: turning people of faith into people of action to WIN the cultural war TOGETHER for life, liberty and the family. Author of "The Criminalization of Christianity," she hosts a daily radio program from 2-3 p.m. Eastern and a daily radio commentary heard in 224 markets and at www.f2a.org.
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It’s all about hate. And judging by the introduction of H.R. 1592, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., must hate free speech. He must hate equality. And he must hate…grandma. And I think it’s a crime. You see, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee just introduced the “Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act” which would not only restrict our speech and remove equal justice, but it would give senior citizens (and the rest of us) less protection than homosexual activists.
So, if you’re going to mug someone, better make sure it’s grandma (unless she’s become a lesbian) – because if the guy whose money you steal happens to be a homosexual, you’re looking at a triple sentence. Go after grandma, and it’s one-third off! Hey, why don’t we save everyone a lot of time and just hand out “Conyers’ Coupons for Criminals!”
Besides it’s way cheaper than the blank check (“such sums as are necessary”) that’s included to “increase the number of personnel to prevent and respond to alleged violations.” Here come the thought police. HR 1592 mandates that the Department of Justice “shall award grants” to “state and local programs designed to combat hate crimes committed by juveniles, including programs to train local law enforcement officers in identifying, investigating, prosecuting, and preventing hate crimes.” Here come the re-education camps.
Targeting “juveniles” to “prevent hate crimes”? We know what that looks like in action because we’ve seen it before at the state level: Junior Thought Police trained to roam the school hallways looking for verbal “offenses.” No kidding. Not sure if they were issued brown shirts. Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and the National Association of Attorneys General spearheaded a program of training students to police the halls for “violators” in Maine, Massachusetts and West Virginia.[i] Other states with representatives on this task force included Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Florida, Mississippi, and New Jersey. [ii]
The West Virginia Office of Civil Rights has organized teams of middle and high school students and teachers – three students per grade plus one or two faculty advisors – who are to report harassment, which in their definition includes “homophobic slurs,” to law enforcement officers. [iii] Throwing the First Amendment by the wayside the manual provides sample scenarios that illustrate how a “victim” may rightfully feel threatened (which would constitute a crime) if the alleged perpetrator is perceived as “more powerful,” has a “hostile tone” of voice, or “stands too close,” etc. [iv]
Let’s say two students get into a disagreement which escalates into a close-standing hostile-sounding argument. One is a homosexual and one is a Christian who disagrees with him. Both have done the same thing, but only one is a criminal. Yeah, that would be the Christian kid. Say the Christian kid happens to be tall, then he’s got a triple violation going for him because he’s: a “more powerful,” “close-standing,” “hostile sounding” disagreer with the homosexual agenda. Call the police! Oh, they will.
The West Virginia Hate Crimes Task Force uses the National Hate Crimes Training Curricula in police training centers at selected colleges and universities who receive grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s division called COPS, Community Oriented Policing Services. The federal grants fund faculty and staff to conduct the “hate crimes” state-based training referred to as Regional Community Policing Institutes (RCPIs), more appropriately called the “Gay” Gestapo (TGG).[v]
Even more disturbing are descriptions of typical offenders outlined in the curricula. Types of bias crime perpetrators for police to watch for include the “mission” offender. This person “believes he has been instructed by a higher order (God, the Fuhrer, …)” (p. 20).[vi] Of course the belief in God is as suspect as those who place their beliefs in the Fuhrer – just part of the Government training already in place. No cause for alarm, this bill would just mandate these programs nationally.
The manual also lists “homophobia” as one of the identifying characteristics to spot “hate groups.” These suspect groups also “include apocalyptic Christianity in their ideology and believe we are in, or approaching, a period of violence and social turmoil which will precede the Second Coming of Christ” (p.22). [vii] So if you are a Christian who believes what the Bible has to say about homosexual behavior you’re a suspect. If you’ve noticed that reading the paper is strikingly similar to reading the book of Revelation, you are also on a police “most wanted list” of potential criminals. All to be federally funded with your tax dollars if H.R. 1592 becomes law.
Last week a police officer called my radio program and said this agenda was getting so bad, that he and his fellow Christian officers were about to quit. He said, “This bill will force Christians out of law enforcement.”
Look, this is not about prosecuting criminals. State laws already do that. The most famous “hate crime” suspects in the killing of Matthew Shepard were charged with first-degree murder and found guilty. Under Wyoming law, where homosexual Matthew Shepard was killed, first-degree murders are subject to the death penalty. We all agree what happened to Shepard was heinous. But tell me, how does one toughen the sentence of the death penalty? It’s interesting, when I appeared on the Today show with Elizabeth Birch, then spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, I was actually for a tougher sentence for the killers of Matthew Shepard than she was. She supported a life sentence instead which is what they got.
I was accused of Shepard’s murder just for holding to the traditional biblical view of homosexuality. Didn’t I know that was an illegal thought? In one interview I was asked: “Well, if you’re not responsible for the murder of (homosexual) Matthew Shepard, then who is?” My answer was, “How about the people who actually killed him?” It’s kind of crazy, I know – I can see why it wouldn’t readily occur to anyone.”
And guess what? Both killers have now confessed that their motive in attacking Shepard wasn’t any animosity for his sexual behavior, they killed him for…money for drugs. What do you know? The poster child for “hate crimes” wasn’t even the victim of one. Funny how that never came up in the 13,500 “Mathew Shepard” news stories, massive TV coverage, two major Hollywood specials, three TV movies, and a play.
The bottom line is: all crimes are “hate crimes” – not just those against an “elite group.” Here’s an idea – how about we punish actions instead of alleged “thoughts?” And how about we punish them equally no matter who is victimized? Equal justice. What a concept. How hateful and mean spirited – I know.
But it’s not about “crime,” it’s about speech. State “Hate Grandma” legislation has actually thrown Grandmas in jail for the “crime” of sharing the Gospel on the public sidewalk in Philadelphia. Meet Arlene Elshinnaway. She told people that God loves them. But the 75-year-old grandma must have been pretty intimidating because they hauled her off to jail for violating the Pennsylvania “Hate Crimes” bill – similar to Conyer’s. Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself.
People get ready, there’s a freight train coming – and grandma, equal justice, and free speech are on the tracks. I say we derail it. Faith2Action has produced 30-second television commercials that feature two of the grandmothers who were arrested for their speech. I want to see them on national television and Faith2Action is offering a $20,000 matching grant to do it. That means that if you make a donation of $1,500 you can place this $3,000 ad on Fox news.
Before your grandma is targeted by muggers or sent to jail for witnessing, put your faith to action. One hundred percent of your donation will go to air-time. And if you give $1,500 to place one ad, I’ll send you a copy of my book, The Criminalization of Christianity which explains it all in frightening detail. Place two ads, and I’ll send you the audio version I recorded on seven CDs. I won’t see a dime, I just want to say thank you.
Then call your representatives in Congress at 202-224-3121 and tell them to actively oppose “hate crimes” legislation (H.R. 1592).
Help derail the “Hate Grandma” bill now or don’t complain when your freedom of speech, equal justice, and grandma are demolished by it.
[i] Linda Harvey “West Virginia Attorney General Uses Students as Informants on ‘Homophobic’ Speech,” Federal Agencies, States Abusing Power to Promote Homosexuality Concerned Women for America, 17 July, 2002.