Since I am a Libertarian and a Ron Paul supporter you might be inclined to think that I would be opposed to a Hate Crimes bill. In the beginning of my campaign for Governor in 2006 I was opposed to hate crimes lagislation. I did not then and do not now feel like it will keep anyone from getting killed. It won't. Just like laws against murder don't stop people from being murdered.
But, passing hate crimes legislation, with regard to church burnings, race and religious affiliation have not stopped killings or burnings in those sectors. If we want our government to be fair, then the only thing we can do is demand that they either pass this piece of legislation and add sexual orientation to the hate crimes bills already in existance or repeal all the other hate crimes laws on the books.
On a more personal note I want to say that I know and love many people who are gay and lesbian. They are no different than any of the people that I know and love who are attracted to the opposite sex. They work, pay taxes and generally mind their own business. They are active in their communities, love their mama's and a lot of them even believe in Jesus...which even my heteroexual ass cannot claim.
My question to my readers is why should the tax-paying, law-abiding, own-personal-business-minding, gay community be denied the same rights guaranteed to the tax-paying, law-abiding, own-personal-business-minding heterosexual American citizen?
If you can give me a constitutional answer to that question then I'll eat my hat and shit you a gold brick!
Further, and more importantly, anyone who would kill a person becaue they disagree with what kind of sex they prefer to have with OTHER CONSENTING ADULTS is a dangerous piece of shit who does not need to be walking the same streets as I do. You don't have to sentence them to death, but we should damn sure consider passing a law that says they will die in prison.
Here is the announcement from Equality Alabama. I'll be there in the morning. I hope you will too!!
Hate Crimes Bill to be voted on in the
Thursday May 10th!
This afternoon at 5pm we were notified that the Rules Committee included House Bill 247, sponsored by Alvin Holmes to the schedule for it to be voted on TOMORROW! Thursday, May 10th at 10am.
PLEASE COME TO MONTGOMERY! The Alabama State House is located at 11 South Union Street. Let the legislature know that this bill is important to all Alabamians.
If you can't be in Montgomery:
Please call or email your state representative and tell them to VOTE IN FAVOR of house bill 247. If you do not know who your rep is
Click here and we can help you find them.
*Alabama currently has a hate crimes law the includes race, color, religion, national origin or disability.
*Hate crimes are acts of violence intended to frighten an entire group, making it a crime against the entire community not just the individual.
*Addition of "sexual orientation" includes heterosexual as well, so this applies to ALL Alabamians. There are no "special rights" in this proposed law.
*Despite being a much smaller minority and underreporting, gay bashing is the third largest category of hate crimes reported in the US.
*Some victims of violence directed at gay people are actually heterosexual. They are just perceived as gay.
*Hate crimes laws including sexual orientation have been affirmed by the United States Supreme Court.
CALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ALL OVER THE STATE OF ALABAMA AND ASK THEM TO CONTACT THIER REPRESENTATIVE. HURRY THERE IS ONLY A LITTLE TIME!