Saturday, July 17, 2004

This disturbs me to the core...
From the Religious Freedom Coalition.

A Swedish pastor has been sentenced to one month in jail for preaching in a sermon that homosexuality is a sin. See WAND article. For many years I have been fighting against "hate crimes" legislation in the United States which I refer to as "thought crimes" legislation and this is why. The pastor was jailed for preaching what the Word of God says is true. The jailing of the preacher has wide spread support in Sweden where the public believes that laws against people being "offended" take precedence over free speech. I reported in my June 18th Update that a bill similar to that in Sweden had passed the Senate by a vote of 65 to 33, with many cowardly Republicans voting for the Democrat legislation to ban free speech if it offends homosexuals. Make no mistake ... if these thought crimes laws go into effect pastors will be jailed in this nation for preaching the uncensored Word of God. Pray that this kind of hate filled, anti-American, anti-free speech legislation never becomes law.
And for the record, here is that June 18th update since you're probably too lazy to look it up on the link:
Senator Ted Kennedy has had his great "Hate Crimes" victory in the Senate. With the help of Republican Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) the Senate added to the Defense Appropriations Bill an amendment to make thinking or saying bad things about homosexuals a crime. Many cowardly Republican Senators voted with Kennedy to give the amendment an overwhelming victory of 65 to 33. Make no mistake, this is a despicable attack on free speech. Senator Kennedy wants to be able to jail anyone who disagrees with his left-wing agenda and this is the first step down the road to abolishing the First Amendment to the Constitution. Fortunately the House of Representatives has some spine and will defend the Constitution. When the House and Senate versions of the Defense Appropriations bill go to conference committee to resolve differences the House, conferees will spike Kennedy's "Hate Crimes" Amendment which had no place in the bill to start with. House leadership has assured me that the Kennedy Amendment will never see the light of day.


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