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More hot air on hate crimes legislation from black homobigots

Bishop Harry Jackson is at it again at Town Hall. The homobigoted head of the High Impact Leadership Coalition is fretting about the power of the Homosexual Agenda and pending hate crimes legislation in his column “Why Do Gays Hate Religious Freedom?”

[G]ay activists around the country are getting nervous that they are about to experience an embarrassing political setback. Instead of amending the hate crimes legislation that protects churches in a substantive way, they are simply crying out in a louder, more threatening manner. Gay advocates are not looking for fairness; they are looking for an upper hand. [We’re really doing well at getting that upper hand, with all those state amendments in place, huh?]

…Both gays and blacks should get justice in America, but we cannot allow either group to receive special privileges at the expense of another group of Americans. If the loopholes in this legislation are not closed, Christians and Bible-teaching churches could become victims of a strange brand of reverse discrimination. These actions are tantamount to the gay community saying, “Freedom for me, but bondage for you.” This attitude is just not consistent with America’s ideals. [BZZZT. The current hate crimes law — which covers religion and race, for example — hasn’t placed a bullseye on constitutionally protected speech or worship.]

Despite the fact that legal experts like the Alliance Defense Fund and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberties confirm the legal legitimacy of my concerns, gay activists quoted in the US Today article called my concerns “completely bogus.” Their hope is to paint all outspoken leaders of faith as narrow minded Neanderthals and bigots who are out of touch with the will of the nation. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Major Christian ministries around the nation have begun to lift their voices to join in a chorus of concern about the potential muzzling of our pulpits. Radio and television ministries are trumpeting warnings to the faithful. Many have produced special programs to inform the average Christian citizen about the impending dangers to their freedoms. As a result, there is a ground swell of popular opposition to the Senate’s proposed Hate Crimes Bill emerging from grass roots America.

He’s pulling “facts” out of his posterior yet again. A recent Gallup poll showed that 68% of Americans support the hate crimes bill.

And look at this ridiculous ad from Jackson and his homobigot friends in the pulpit:

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin tears this BS campaign to shreds and offers a challenge:

Focus on the Family, Exodus, Family Research Council, Traditional Values Coalition, Mission America — all of them have repeated some serious outright lies about what the proposed legislation would do. And several individuals associated with these organizations have done the same.

And so here’s a challenge. I have posted the actual proposed legislation in full on my web site. You will find the text after the jump below. I dare them to do the same. And I challenge them to point to any part of the bill which would usurp the First Amendment.

Don’t expect any takers, Jim.

* Reporting from the NBJC Second Annual Black Church Summit

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