7/24/09 Update

TCFamily Comment

The Federal "Hate-Crimes" bill passed as explained below, but it still could be derailed.  If you have time to make calls, phone numbers are linked in the paragraph below, or you have the option to pay to fax letters through "The Pray In Jesus Name Project" below.  (Also note that our own Senator Carl Levin of Michigan is Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.)

  Michigan Senators:    
1 Carl Levin;  D-Michigan 202-224-6221 D.C. 231-947-9569 T.C.
2 Debbie Stabenow;  D-Michigan 202-224-4822 D.C. 231-929-1031 T.C.

["Take Action" Excerpt from article below:]

TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW:

"So let's all telephone all members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, whose members will send conferees.  Their phone numbers are here and here.  Let's tell them to strip all homosexual rights from the Defense Authorization Act, please fund F-22's, or at least keep the Brownback Amendment which protects pastors freedom of religious speech."  

Detailed information explained below:



NEW "HATE CRIMES" PETITION!  Please click, sign, and WE WILL FAX your personalized petition automatically to all 88 House & Senate Armed Services Committee Members, (saving you hours of labor)!
 We already faxed 350,000 petitions to the Senate... together with Worldnet Daily, we sent 1,055,000 petitions...can you reach 1.2 million? Even if you've signed our fax-petition before, you can sign again and we'll re-fax!
 

BREAKING: "HATE CRIMES" BILL NOT FINAL.  F-22 RAPTOR CAN STILL SHOOT HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA DOWN IN FLAMES.  SPLIT CONFEREES UNDECIDED.

When Sen. Leahy (D-VT) attached the pro-homosexual "Pedophile Protection Act" to the Defense Authorization Act, he imagined zero resistance from House Democrats, or from President Obama.  He failed to realize, however, how the battle to fund the F-22 Raptor jet for our Air Force could shoot the homosexual agenda down in flames.  We have one last chance to stop the "Hate Crimes" bill, by demanding the House Conferees stand firmly by their 389 to 22 vote to fully fund the F-22 fighters.  If they do, President Obama has vowed to veto the entire bill, and kill the pro-homosexual "Hate Crimes" amendment with it.  

Furthermore, after our 1,055,000 petitions were read by some Senators, they voted 78-13 to pass Sen. Brownback's good amendment to the Hate Crimes bill, protecting freedom of speech by pastors, stating the federal hate crimes law shall not be "applied … in a manner that infringes" First Amendment rights or that "substantially burdens any exercise of religion speech, expression, [or] association, if such exercise of religion, speech, expression, or association was not intended to … incite an imminent act of physical violence against another."  Sen. Brownback provided additional protection for religious exercise and free speech beyond the minimum protection that a court may apply.  Your faxes to the Senate helped win this victory!
 (Much to the dismay of the homosexual lobby, who even now is demanding Conferees undo the good we've done.)

But Conferees have power to strip the Brownback Amendment, which we must protect. And Conferees have power to equip American pilots with F-22 fighter jets, which would guarantee Obama's veto of the entire "Pedophile Protection Amendment."  So we must act, and now petition the House and Senate Armed Services Committees for two things:
1) Keep the good Brownback Amendment, and don't allow it to be stripped in conference.
2) Keep the good F-22's, and equip American pilots with the best fighter jets in the world.
As an Air Force Academy graduate, I can say our military pilots deserves the best jets, which President Obama and some Senators sadly wish to stop funding, even while they load our Pentagon Budget with special rights for homosexuals, pedophiles, and deviants.  


PLEASE SELECT HERE TO SIGN, AND WE'LL AUTOMATICALLY FAX YOUR PERSONALIZED PETITION TO ALL 88 MEMBERS OF HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEES, TO FUND F-22's AND STRIP "HATE CRIMES" OR AT LEAST KEEP THE BROWNBACK AMENDMENT.

What do homosexual rights have to do with Pentagon spending?  Everything, if you're a  Democrat trying to hide an unpopular "pedophile protection" bill from the American people. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate and argued essentially that since he couldn't get 60 honest votes to pass the "Punish Pastors, Protect Pedophiles" hate crimes S. 909 as a stand-alone bill, it should instead be attached as an amendment to S. 1390, the National Defense Authorization Act.  Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) then attached the homosexual bill to the Pentagon budget, without allowing a committee vote.  Only your public outrage allowed Sen. Brownback to protect free speech against sin.

By hiding the hate bill as an amendment to Pentagon spending, moderate Democrats (and all but two Republicans) are faced with a difficult choice: either pass the Pedophile Protection Act or STOP PAYING OUR TROOPS serving overseas.  Faced with a "poison pill" many moderates may falsely claim they have no choice but to swallow.  Unfortunately all Senate Democrats voted 63-28 with five RINO Republicans (Sens. Voinovich-OH, Lugar-IN, Murkowski-AK, Snowe-ME, Collins-ME), to invoke cloture and end debate on the pro-homosexual bill.  But the Senate and House verison don't agree, so Conferees will meet to further amend this bill.

TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW:

So let's all telephone all members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, whose members will send conferees.  Their phone numbers are here and here.  Let's tell them to strip all homosexual rights from the Defense Authorization Act, please fund F-22's, or at least keep the Brownback Amendment which protects pastors freedom of religious speech.
 

But remember, 100 emails = 10 phone calls = 1 fax in political capital, since the Senate staffers must handle each paper and write a reply to their home-state constituents.  So please join our automated fax-petition campaign first, and we will fax your personalized petition to all 88 members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.
 

PLEASE SELECT HERE TO SIGN, AND WE'LL AUTOMATICALLY FAX YOUR PERSONALIZED PETITION TO ALL 88 MEMBERS OF HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEES, TO FUND F-22's AND STRIP "HATE CRIMES" OR AT LEAST KEEP THE BROWNBACK AMENDMENT. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings in late June on Senator Ted Kennedy's "Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act,” (better known to conservatives as the "Pedophile Protection Act") but never voted on the stand-alone bill S.909, instead Sens. Leahy and Levin stuffed it into the Pentagon Budget.  The bill broadly defines many "sexual orientations" requiring protection by federal prosecutors, and if the Brownback amendment gets stripped in conference, it will also endanger free speech by pastors who criticize sin.


547 SEXUAL DEVIANCES TO BE PROTECTED BY FEDERAL MARSHALS

The bad Leahy "Hate Crimes" Amendment to the Pentagon Budget S. 1390 mirrored a House bill H.R. 1913, already passed 249-175 along strict party lines, which makes "sexual orientation," "gender," and "gender identity" into federally-protected classes under the law, and protects up to 547 types of sexually deviant behaviors, including: 

* Incest – sex with one’s offspring (a crime, of course)
* Necrophilia – sexual relations with a corpse, also a crime
* Pedophilia – sex with an underage child, another crime
* Zoophilia – bestiality, a crime in numerous states
* Voyeurism – a criminal offense in most states
* Fronteurism – a man rubbing against an unknown woman’s buttocks
* Coprophilia – sexual arousal from feces
* Urophilia – sexual arousal from urine

Attempts by House Republicans to add amendments stating "pedophilia is not protected as a sexual orientation" were specifically blocked and defeated by House Democrats.  Lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) expressed opposition to excluding pedophiles from the bill, and Democrats voted with her to strike any child-protection amendment. She claimed that pedophiles would not be defined within “sexual orientation,” but wouldn't put that in writing, and refused to define that phrase "sexual orientation," which Congressman Steve King (R-IA) said will include all 547 sexual deviances listed in the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-III manual of clinical psychoses, including pedophilia, so now thanks to most Democrats, child molesters will be protected by federal law. 

In response on the House floor, Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) not only admitted it would, but defended that all 547 psychoses SHOULD be defended by this new law, saying, "This bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice and to guarantee that all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or all of these 'Philias' and fetishes and 'isms' that were put forward need not live in fear because of who they are. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this rule."

PLEASE SELECT HERE TO SIGN, AND WE'LL AUTOMATICALLY FAX YOUR PERSONALIZED PETITION TO ALL 88 MEMBERS OF HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEES, TO FUND F-22's AND STRIP "HATE CRIMES" OR AT LEAST KEEP THE BROWNBACK AMENDMENT. 

QUOTING THE BIBLE IN CHURCH WILL BE PUNISHED

If Conferees strip the good Brownback Amendment to the bad "Hate Crimes" Bill, not only will sexually deviant behaviors gain legal protection, this legislation also lays the legal foundation to investigate, prosecute and persecute pastors, youth pastors, Bible teachers, and anyone else whose speech and thought is based upon and reflects the truths found in the Bible. How will this legislation over-rule the First Amendment?  

PASTORS NOT PROTECTED BY FIRST AMENDMENT

S. 909 broadly defines "intimidation," thus a pastor's sermon could be considered "hate speech" if heard by an individual who then acts aggressively against persons based on any "sexual orientation." The pastor could be prosecuted for "conspiracy to commit a hate crime" or for "inciting violence against gays" simply by quoting the Bible in church.  And the First Amendment won’t automatically protect pastors, since speech accused of "inciting violence" is not protected, and is punishable, under precedent of Supreme Court rulings. In 1993 Wisconsin v. Mitchell, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a "hate speech" law providing enhanced punishments for violent crimes based on racial motives as revealed by speech of the accused, (which would now apply broadly to punish any "anti-gay motives" in the speech of accused pastor "co-conspirators.")  But pastor, if a crazy person in your audience commits a crime against a heterosexual, don't worry, you'll get a comparative discount in your prison time.  

IS PRAYER IN JESUS’ NAME A "HATE CRIME?"

Any public prayer against the sin of homosexuality could be construed as "inciting violence" by easily offended listeners, especially if those prayers are offered "in Jesus name."  When I served our country as a former Navy Chaplain, for example, I was told in writing by Chief of Chaplains Rear-Admiral Louis Iasiello, that "any chaplain’s continued insistence on ending public prayers ‘in Jesus’ name’…could reasonably tend to denigrate those with different forms of faith.His policy prohibiting prayers "in Jesus name" was enforced against me at court-martial, before it was later rescinded by Congress in 2006.  But this year I’ve already been falsely accused of "inciting violence" because I quoted verbatim from Psalm 109 in my public prayers, (for which secular activist Mikey Weinstein literally requested an FBI investigation against me!)  Just imagine more anti-Christian aggression by law enforcement officials AFTER this hate-crimes bill becomes law.  

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IS PREACHING AGAINST SIN A HATE CRIME? 
 

As a former Navy Chaplain who was punished (in writing, three times) for quoting the Bible in chapel during optionally-attended worship, I know exactly how they'll come after us. The enemies of religious liberty will simply declare certain gospel phrases "hateful" and "offensive" like my commanding officer who punished me for quoting John 3:36 in chapel, and was supported by government lawyers for "protecting" easily offended listeners from the "offensive" gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) agrees with me, saying pastors, rabbis, or imams could be charged with encouraging or inducing a "hate crime" if they preach against homosexuality.  "Every preacher of the gospel, unless you cut out parts of it; every imam who mentions anything with regard to sexual immorality — they could be pursued, and in other countries they have been," says Gohmert.  (Congressmen Gohmert is my personal advocate, with whom I preached last year at a pro-faith rally in Texas...and we both agree the gospel of freedom from sin really is "love speech" not "hate speech.")

FREE SPEECH SUPPRESSED IN NORWAY 

Hate crimes laws protecting homosexuals from criticism are already silencing pastors in Norway, where these dangerous laws specifically empower law enforcement officials to prosecute "intimidation" of homosexuals.  For example, Congressman Gohmert warned "I was talking to a guy from Norway who was telling me that people are even afraid to say Mary was a virgin, because just bringing up sexuality at all can raise problems with law enforcement." 

PLEASE SELECT HERE TO SIGN, AND WE'LL AUTOMATICALLY FAX YOUR PERSONALIZED PETITION TO ALL 88 MEMBERS OF HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEES, TO FUND F-22's AND STRIP "HATE CRIMES" OR AT LEAST KEEP THE BROWNBACK AMENDMENT. 
 

FREE SPEECH CRIMINALIZED IN SWEDEN 

In Sweden, Pastor Ake Green received a one-month jail sentence last year under a Swedish "hate crimes" law that forbids criticism of those who participate in homosexual behavior.  The Goeta Appeals Court later overturned the decision.  The government demanded the pastor be punished by appealing the case to the Swedish Supreme Court, which ruled the law unconstitutional.  Yet here in America, the Reid-Kennedy-Obama trio is pushing to pass and enforce this same type of "anti-free speech" law, despite their acknowledgment that any such enforcement would be unconstitutional in America too. (They why pass the bill in the first place?)

FREE SPEECH CRIMINALIZED IN CANADA

In Canada, where "hate crimes" laws already passed, the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal actively forbid evangelical pastor Stephen Boisson from expressing his moral opposition to homosexuality. The tribunal also ordered Boisson to pay $5,000 "damages for pain and suffering" and apologize to the "human rights" activist who filed the complaint. His crime? In 2002, the pastor wrote a letter to the editor of his local newspaper in which he denounced the homosexual agenda as "wicked" and stated that: "Children as young as five and six years of age are being subjected to psychologically and physiologically damaging pro-homosexual literature and guidance in the public school system; all under the fraudulent guise of equal rights."  The Canadian government tribunal ordered the Christian pastor to "cease publishing in newspapers, by email, on the radio, in public speeches, or on the internet, in future, disparaging remarks about gays and homosexuals."  (This "re-education commission" reminds me of Big Brother from Orwell’s 1984.)
 

FREE SPEECH CRIMINALIZED IN PENNSYLVANIA

Can’t happen in America?  It already has.  In 2004 my friend Michael Marcavage was arrested along with ten other Christians (including two elderly grandmothers), and charged with violating Pennsylvania’s "hate crimes" laws, because they carried signs conveying God’s love at a Gay Pride rally. One member of "The Philadelphia Eleven," Arlene Elshinnawy, 75 year-old grandmother of three, was holding a sign: "Truth is hate to those who hate the truth," before she was hauled off to jail by police officers.  They were literally threatened with 50 years in jail for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ on a public sidewalk, because it offended gays.  That hate crimes law was so outrageous it was later found unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but now Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama want to pass essentially that same discredited law nationwide. 

PLEASE SELECT HERE TO SIGN, AND WE'LL AUTOMATICALLY FAX YOUR PERSONALIZED PETITION TO ALL 88 MEMBERS OF HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEES, TO FUND F-22's AND STRIP "HATE CRIMES" OR AT LEAST KEEP THE BROWNBACK AMENDMENT. 
 

Thank you for reading our lengthy analysis.  If you've read this far, we must agree, so now  please forward this content widely to other pro-faith friends, and to pastors in all 50 states.


 

God Bless you, in Jesus' name,

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt

 

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P.S. Time is urgent! The conferees could vote any time between now and September to strip the Brownback Amendment, or de-fund the F-22 fighter jets.  Select and sign today, & we will forward your name immediately. Please don't wait another minute. Life, Liberty, and Jesus are too important to be banned by Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy,  and Barack Obama.

Disclaimer: The views of Chaplain Klingenschmitt, who was honorably but involuntarily discharged from the Navy in 2007 after facing court-martial for praying "in Jesus name" in uniform, (but was later vindicated by Congress), are his own personal views, not the views of any political party, government, or organization.

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