Monday, April 20, 2009

Hate Crimes Legislation Threatens Freedom of Speech and Religion

Liberty Alert from Liberty Counsel -

Liberty Counsel

April 20, 2009

Hate Crimes Legislation Threatens Freedom of Speech and Religion

On Wednesday, April 22, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on so-called “hate crimes” legislation, which would give “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” the same federal protection as race. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) have reintroduced the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (H.R. 1913). Liberty Counsel has published a legal memo explaining how hate crimes laws threaten freedom.

H.R. 1913 is not about stopping crime but is designed to give sexual preference the same legal status as race. This legislation is just a stepping stone to regulate the speech of people who support family values. Bill sponsors claim that free speech activities are protected in this version of the bill, but exemptions can be overturned by courts or targeted for later removal.

Here is what you can do today to express your opposition to this outrageous Hate Crimes bill (HR 1913).

1. Contact the members of the House Committee on the Judiciary.

2. Contact your Representative. All you need to do is call the capitol switchboard and ask to be connected to your Representative. The capitol has many toll-free numbers: 1-866-220-0044; 1-866-340-9281; 1-888-355-3588; 1-800-450-8293; 1-877-851-6437; 1-877-762-8722; 1-877-762-8762; 1-800-833-6354; and 1-866-808-0065. You can also call 202-224-3121 or go to the House web site for the contact information.

Read our News Release for more details.

Read the Hate Crimes Legislation

Read our Legal Memo on Hate Crimes Laws

Today On Liberty Live

Our special guest today will be Andrea Lafferty, the executive director of Traditional Values Coalition. Mat Staver will host Liberty Live, from 4-5 p.m. ET (3-4 p.m. CT) and Matt Barber will co-host.

Today's topic is the impending danger of so-called "Hate Crimes" laws which is scheduled for a vote this week. Tell your friends to listen and learn how to stop this threat to free speech and religion.

Watch online from 4 - 5 p.m. ET (3-4 p.m. CT) at and add your comments to our live blog during the show. The number to call to talk to Andrea Lafferty during the show is (866) 963-2037. You can also listen to an archive broadcast of this show.

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