We’re Christian…we should be allowed to hate!

A group of crazy ol’ Christians isn’t too fond of some hate laws protecting people who are victims of crime based upon sexual orientation.

Far from the intended purpose of severely punishing criminals who commit unspeakable acts against a persecuted minority group, the religious activists claim the laws are a guarded effort to “eradicate” their beliefs.

If only.

Claiming “there is no need” to extend hate crimes definitions, Thomas More chief counsel Richard Thompson attempted to minimize the impact of violent crimes against homosexuals.

“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,” he wrote on the group’s Web site. “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.”

Right. So long as it’s rare, it’s okay!

Of course, this is what the law actually says.

3) CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit any constitutionally protected speech, expressive conduct or activities (regardless of whether compelled by, or central to, a system of religious belief), including the exercise of religion protected by the First Amendment and peaceful picketing or demonstration. The Constitution does not protect speech, conduct or activities consisting of planning for, conspiring to commit, or committing an act of violence.

(4) FREE EXPRESSION- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to allow prosecution based solely upon an individual’s expression of racial, religious, political, or other beliefs or solely upon an individual’s membership in a group advocating or espousing such beliefs.

This remind me of the deceitful tactics of the bigots of Maine during the recent vote on same-sex marriage. Over and over again we were told kids would be taught all about that icky gay marriage in schools. In reality, there was nothing in the bill about education and besides that, no one is taught anything about marriage as it stands. (What is there to be taught in schools? Two people get together, go to City Hall, get hitched. End of lesson.)

This sort of general immorality is quite common among these radical (but really mainstream) Christian groups. Hell, there are a significant number of people, primarily immoral Christians (sorry for the redundancy), who want the ‘right’ to be able to fire gays in the workplace. Such bigotry might fly in a place like Uganda, but it should have no place in a secular nation like the U.S.