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'Hate' laws could label 5-year-olds 'offenders'
Posted By Bob Unruh On 03/05/2010 @ 9:55 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
A British Christian organization reports children as young as 5 years old soon could have their names added to “hate registers” of people accused of showing disrespect to homosexuality in violation of “hate crimes” laws.
According to the Christian Institute, a nondenominational charity committed to upholding the truths of the Bible, already a 10-year-old child was added to the registry after he called a friend a “gay boy.”
The case was reported by the London Daily Mail, which said teachers are being ordered to write up even minor incidents as “serious bullying” and add them to a database that will follow a student through a school career.
The report confirmed that when small children use “homophobic” or racist words without knowing what they mean, they still must be written up.
The parents of the 10-year-old, Peter Drury, a student in Somerset, were told his name would be registered as an offender, according to the paper.
The report said an assessment from a civil liberties think tank estimated 40,000 children have such accusations, mostly involving alleged racism, added to their school records annually.
Further, government officials are considering rules that also would require education officials to report incidents to local authorities.
“This is totally appalling,” Margaret Morrissey, founder of the campaign group Parents Outloud, told the London paper. “The use of such language is part of the learning process. Children need to learn where the boundaries lie. And I very much doubt they understand what they are saying.”
Drury’s mother, Penny Drury, 43, reported she was summoned to her son’s elementary school recently when he was accused of using “homophobic” language, the newspaper said. She was informed he would be registered, his behavior watched and his records monitored.
“He must have picked up the word from somewhere and thought it to mean stupid,” she said.
Parents and educators in the U.K. agree the slang use of the word “gay” for children means “inferior.”
The Christian Institute reported Penny Drury commented, “He doesn’t even understand about the birds and the bees, so how can he be homophobic?”
The government has explained its goals are to prevent “gender bullying.”
The issue of hate – real hate – has been addressed in “HOW EVIL WORKS: Understanding and Overcoming the Destructive Forces That Are Transforming America,” the newest book from WND Managing Editor David Kupelian.
Citing the deaths of 7 million when Stalin ordered his military to confiscate food from Ukraine in the 1930s, the Nazi Holocaust, the deaths of tens of millions on the orders of China’s Mao Zedong and other atrocities, he writes, “We frequently ask ourselves how human beings can sink to this level of cruelty. There’s no precedent for it among even the most fearsome predators in the animal kingdom. What, then, makes us capable of such extreme evil?
“We’re witnessing not only a toxic philosophy at work, but also the magic ingredient that makes that philosophy come to life – namely, hatred.
“Underneath all the smiles, underneath the ‘devout’ faith, underneath whatever persona is masking the overwhelming fear, confusion, and jihadist programming that have been cultivated in them since birth, lies the nuclear reactor core of their being – a smoldering fireball of suppressed rage,” he wrote.
WND also has reported on the move toward “hate crimes” plans in the United States similar to those in the U.K.
A law ultimately was enacted under President Obama’s direction last year.
A campaign recently was launched in Montgomery County, Md., to classify the speech of advocates for people who choose to leave the homosexual lifestyle as “hate speech,” which then could be banned under Obama’s law.
“Hate speech is unwelcome in Montgomery County Public Schools,” said an e-mail to the offices of Regina Griggs, national director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, known as PFOX. “I would like to ask that you immediately cease distribution of your flyers at our public schools.
“We intend to pursue every method possible to protest your actions if you choose to continue,” the message warned.
The conflict was sparked by competing flyers distributed to public school students, one from PFOX, which reaches out to all those leaving the homosexual lifestyle regardless of religious affiliation, and the other from the homosexual-rights group PFLAG, or Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
The PFLAG flyer said if “homosexual” students can’t talk to their family members, “there are still people you can talk to.”
The PFOX flyer explained “former homosexuals do not think something is wrong with them because they decided to fulfill their heterosexual potential by overcoming unwanted same-sex attractions.”
The flyer from PFOX offered resources to help with “tolerance for everyone regardless of sexual orientation” for parents and students such as event speakers, books for libraries and brochures.
It said, “No one should be labeled based on the perception of others. Get smart! Explore the origins of your same-sex attraction. … The decision of a prom date, a car, or whether to super-size those fries can be based on a feeling, but important decisions should not be made on feelings alone.”
The law signed by Obama also was targeted recently by a lawsuit alleging it violates the civil rights of Christians and pastors, who according to the complaint now can become the target of federal investigations, grand juries and even charges for no more than opposing the activism of homosexuals.
The lawsuit was filed by the Thomas More Law Center in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of Pastors Levon Yuille, Rene Ouellette, James Combs and Gary Glenn, the president of the American Family Association of Michigan.
Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, said at the time the lawsuit over the “hate crimes” law was filed, “There is no legitimate law enforcement need for this federal law. Of the 1.38 million violent crimes reported in the U.S. by the FBI in 2008, only 243 were considered as motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation. Moreover, [Attorney General] Eric Holder himself testified at a Senate hearing that the states are doing a fine job in this area.”
He called it a “political payoff” to homosexual advocacy groups for support of Obama in the last presidential election.
“The sole purpose of this law is to criminalize the Bible and use the threat of federal prosecutions and long jail sentences to silence Christians from expressing their biblically-based religious belief that homosexual conduct is a sin. It elevates those persons who engage in deviant sexual behaviors, including pedophiles, to a special protected class of persons as a matter of federal law and policy,” Thompson said at the time.
The Hate Crimes Act was dubbed by its critics as the “Pedophile Protection Act,” after an amendment to explicitly prohibit pedophiles from being protected by the act was defeated by majority Democrats. During congressional debate, supporters argued that all “philias,” or alternative sexual lifestyles, should be protected.
The law was promoted by its advocates as a crackdown on “bias” crimes motivated by a person’s “actual or perceived” “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”
Obama signed the “Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act” in October after Democrats strategically attached it to a “must-pass” $680 billion defense-appropriations bill.
Obama boasted of the “hate crimes” bill when he signed it into law.
“After more than a decade, we’ve passed inclusive hate-crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray or who they are,” he said.
The bill signed by Obama was opposed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which called it a “menace” to civil liberties. The commission argued the law allows federal authorities to bring charges against individuals even if they’ve already been cleared in a state court.
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