How often when a state, city or county decides to pass laws ending discrimination against Gays, Lesbians, Bi-sexuals and Transgenders do we hear the opponents scream they will lose their religious freedoms? Below is a list of states that ban discrimination.  Source, Gay and Lesbian Task Force

States banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (13 states and the District of Columbia) Minnesota (1993); Rhode Island (1995, 2001)1; New Mexico (2003); California (1992, 2003)1; District of Columbia (1997, 2005)1; Illinois (2005); Maine (2005);

Hawaii (1991, 2005, 2006)2; New Jersey (1992, 2006)1; Washington (2006); Iowa (2007); Oregon (2007)1; Vermont (1992, 2007)1; Colorado (2007)

Laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation (7 states)

Wisconsin (1982); Massachusetts (1989); Connecticut (1991); New Hampshire (1997); Nevada (1999); Maryland (2001); New York (2002)

Continued after the flip.The claim that religious groups will lose their religious freedoms gets annoying, but it always happens.  From the CWA (Concerned Women of America) in December of 2005,

‘Hate Crime’ Laws Threaten Religious Freedom

Here is another claim from the TVC (Traditional Values Coalition) in May of 2008

So-called Hate Crimes Legislation Moving in the Senate Threatens Religious Freedom

Here is an Action Alert from the AFA(American Families Association)

Hate Crimes Law: A Real Threat to Your Religious Freedom

Even the FRC(Family Research Council) had their rant

Federal Hate Crimes Laws Threaten Religious Freedom and Free Speech

I could go on listing all the religious websites that claim Hate Crimes would  threaten Religious Freedom, but I am not going to waste my time posting all the nut jobs.  My point is that there are states with hate crimes laws in effect and there hasn’t been one protest that their Religious Freedoms are all gone.  Most of these laws have been on the books since 2005 and yet there are no protests.  Not even one claim that their religious freedom has been silenced.  Here is to hoping our Congress Critters will laugh this argument right out the door.




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