Presently (today), the Hate-Crime bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives. With the support of 30 Republicans along with Democrats, this new bill includes crimes against Gays as a hate-crime.
The problem with this of course is 2 fold: the singling out of protection for a group that's identity is an abomination against the Lord and this bill will be the justification of silencing Pastors who preach against Homosexuality.
We need not wonder if Pastoral Censor will come. In Canada and England, outspoken anti-gay Speakers have been arrested for their words. (see CBNNews.com) This had nothing to do with actions, but rather the preaching against homosexuality.
I would like to encourage you to call you U.S. Senator and Congressman. A KIND SECRETARY WILL ANSWER THE PHONE AND YOU JUST TELL HER YOU ARE AGAINST THE HATE-CRIMES BILL. IT IS VERY EASY AND SIMPLE. I just called all the numbers and it was not uncomfortable at all.
Sen. Ted Kaufman (302) 573-6345 or (302) 424-8090
Sen. Carper (302) 573-6291
Maryland Senators of the 111th Congress
Cardin, Benjamin L. - (D - MD) Class I
509 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: cardin.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Mikulski, Barbara A. - (D - MD) Class III
503 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: mikulski.senate.gov/Contact/contact.cfm
Delaware Congressman Mike Castle:
1233 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515