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Judiciary Committee greenlights 'hate crimes': Members refuse to protect Christian pastors...
World Net Daily ^ | April 23, 2009 | Bob Unruh

Posted on 04/23/2009 11:00:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee today rejected an opportunity to protect Christian pastors who preach the biblical condemnation of homosexuality and approved on a 15-12 vote a "hate crimes" bill that supporters admit could be used to bring charges against religious leaders.

The bill, H.R. 1913, now will be considered by the full House of Representatives.

The committee rejected a number of amendments offered by several members seeking to protect religious liberty, to protect the unborn, to protect against violence by illegal aliens, and to clarify the bill's meanings of "gender identity" and "sexual orientation."

One of the rejected proposals was offered by Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, who sought to ensure ministers could not be prosecuted for abetting a "hate crime" simply because they preach from the Bible or another religious book.

When a nearly identical plan was developed in the last Congress, Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., admitted during a hearing on the bill it could be used to prosecute pastors merely for preaching under the premise that they could be "inducing" violence in someone.

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The World Turned Upside Down.
1 posted on 04/23/2009 11:00:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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I wonder if it would make a difference if, instead of saying that “Homosexuals are going to Hell” a preacher were to say “Sodomy is grave matter”?


2 posted on 04/23/2009 11:07:10 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If Bishop D'Arcy finds out a priest is molesting kids, he will boycott the parish's Fall Supper!!!)
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Might as well call them the Demoncrats.


3 posted on 04/23/2009 11:07:12 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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Yes and it seems a lot of people enjoy standing on their heads. PRAY for WISDOM
4 posted on 04/23/2009 11:07:58 PM PDT by easternsky
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At first glance I thought this was about Belgium or something.


5 posted on 04/23/2009 11:10:36 PM PDT by exist
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Me too, I thought it was the UK.

Well, this should be interesting. Supreme Court, here it comes. Do we still have freedom of religion, speech, assembly? Or no?


6 posted on 04/23/2009 11:14:09 PM PDT by Marie2 (Jesus, take the wheel)
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Both the UK and Canada have already legislated that any criticism of the gay lifestyle is “hate speech”


7 posted on 04/23/2009 11:14:14 PM PDT by Wil H (The most destructive act of Muslim terrorism against the US was paying for 0bama's Harvard education)
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We knew this was coming, and here it is.

This is dangerous territory.

I agree that the world has been turned upside down.

It’s way past time for some push-back.


8 posted on 04/23/2009 11:15:04 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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We need to stop using the term “Political Correctness.”

Another (correct) name for it is “Cultural Marxism.”

(BTW: “Politically correct” does NOT mean “politically expedient,” as many commentators and policitians seem to think it does. Which is another reason to start using the accurate, and more evocative, name “Cultural Marxism” for the ideology of the Frankfurt School.)


9 posted on 04/23/2009 11:16:18 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If Bishop D'Arcy finds out a priest is molesting kids, he will boycott the parish's Fall Supper!!!)
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H.R.1913
Title: To provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] (introduced 4/2/2009) Cosponsors (81)
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Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009
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To provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes.
COSPONSORS(81), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]: (Sort: by date)

Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] - 4/2/2009
Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] - 4/2/2009
Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 4/2/2009
Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] - 4/2/2009
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] - 4/2/2009
Rep Biggert, Judy [IL-13] - 4/2/2009
Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [GA-2] - 4/2/2009
Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] - 4/2/2009
Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45] - 4/2/2009
Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] - 4/22/2009
Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] - 4/2/2009
Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] - 4/2/2009
Rep Cao, Anh “Joseph” [LA-2] - 4/2/2009
Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] - 4/2/2009
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] - 4/21/2009
Rep Castle, Michael N. [DE] - 4/2/2009
Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-11] - 4/2/2009
Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 4/2/2009
Rep Clyburn, James E. [SC-6] - 4/22/2009
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 4/21/2009
Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] - 4/22/2009
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] - 4/21/2009
Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 4/2/2009
Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] - 4/21/2009
Rep Delahunt, William D. [MA-10] - 4/2/2009
Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25] - 4/22/2009
Rep Driehaus, Steve [OH-1] - 4/2/2009
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 4/21/2009
Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 4/2/2009
Rep Giffords, Gabrielle [AZ-8] - 4/22/2009
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] - 4/22/2009
Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] - 4/2/2009
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 4/22/2009
Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17] - 4/21/2009
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 4/21/2009
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] - 4/21/2009
Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] - 4/2/2009
Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 4/22/2009
Rep Kilroy, Mary Jo [OH-15] - 4/2/2009
Rep Kirk, Mark Steven [IL-10] - 4/2/2009
Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] - 4/2/2009
Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7] - 4/2/2009
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 4/21/2009
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 4/22/2009
Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] - 4/22/2009
Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [NY-25] - 4/21/2009
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 4/2/2009
Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] - 4/22/2009
Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] - 4/22/2009
Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] - 4/2/2009
Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 4/2/2009
Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 4/22/2009
Rep Mitchell, Harry E. [AZ-5] - 4/22/2009
Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3] - 4/2/2009
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 4/2/2009
Rep Murphy, Patrick J. [PA-8] - 4/21/2009
Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] - 4/2/2009
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] - 4/22/2009
Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] - 4/22/2009
Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 4/2/2009
Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] - 4/22/2009
Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-9] - 4/2/2009
Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19] - 4/22/2009
Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] - 4/2/2009
Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] - 4/22/2009
Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] - 4/22/2009
Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18] - 4/2/2009
Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34] - 4/22/2009
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 4/21/2009
Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 4/2/2009
Rep Sestak, Joe [PA-7] - 4/22/2009
Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13] - 4/21/2009
Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] - 4/2/2009
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 4/22/2009
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] - 4/21/2009
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] - 4/2/2009
Rep Visclosky, Peter J. [IN-1] - 4/22/2009
Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] - 4/2/2009
Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 4/2/2009
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 4/2/2009
Rep Wu, David [OR-1] - 4/22/2009
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10 posted on 04/23/2009 11:16:18 PM PDT by Cindy
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“Members refuse to protect pastors...”

Members of churches with conservative, bible preaching pastors, will have to protect their own.

11 posted on 04/23/2009 11:21:19 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Welcome to the revolution)
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Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)
HR 1913 IH

111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1913

To provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 2, 2009

Mr. CONYERS (for himself, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. ACKERMAN, Ms. BALDWIN, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. BERMAN, Mrs. BIGGERT, Mr. BISHOP of Georgia, Mr. BLUMENAUER, Mrs. BONO MACK, Mr. BRALEY of Iowa, Ms. CORRINE BROWN of Florida, Mr. CAO, Mrs. CAPPS, Mr. CASTLE, Ms. CASTOR of Florida, Mr. CLAY, Mr. CUMMINGS, Mr. DELAHUNT, Mr. DRIEHAUS, Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas, Mr. ISRAEL, Ms. KILROY, Mr. KIRK, Mr. KUCINICH, Mr. LANCE, Mrs. MALONEY, Ms. MCCOLLUM, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. MOORE of Kansas, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mr. NADLER of New York, Mr. OLVER, Mr. PETERS, Mr. POLIS of Colorado, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. SERRANO, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Ms. VELAZQUEZ, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Ms. WATSON, and Ms. WOOLSEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009’.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress makes the following findings:
(1) The incidence of violence motivated by the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim poses a serious national problem.
(2) Such violence disrupts the tranquility and safety of communities and is deeply divisive.
(3) State and local authorities are now and will continue to be responsible for prosecuting the overwhelming majority of violent crimes in the United States, including violent crimes motivated by bias. These authorities can carry out their responsibilities more effectively with greater Federal assistance.
(4) Existing Federal law is inadequate to address this problem.
(5) A prominent characteristic of a violent crime motivated by bias is that it devastates not just the actual victim and the family and friends of the victim, but frequently savages the community sharing the traits that caused the victim to be selected.
(6) Such violence substantially affects interstate commerce in many ways, including the following:
(A) The movement of members of targeted groups is impeded, and members of such groups are forced to move across State lines to escape the incidence or risk of such violence.
(B) Members of targeted groups are prevented from purchasing goods and services, obtaining or sustaining employment, or participating in other commercial activity.
(C) Perpetrators cross State lines to commit such violence.
(D) Channels, facilities, and instrumentalities of interstate commerce are used to facilitate the commission of such violence.
(E) Such violence is committed using articles that have traveled in interstate commerce.
(7) For generations, the institutions of slavery and involuntary servitude were defined by the race, color, and ancestry of those held in bondage. Slavery and involuntary servitude were enforced, both prior to and after the adoption of the 13th amendment to the Constitution of the United States, through widespread public and private violence directed at persons because of their race, color, or ancestry, or perceived race, color, or ancestry. Accordingly, eliminating racially motivated violence is an important means of eliminating, to the extent possible, the badges, incidents, and relics of slavery and involuntary servitude.
(8) Both at the time when the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution of the United States were adopted, and continuing to date, members of certain religious and national origin groups were and are perceived to be distinct `races’. Thus, in order to eliminate, to the extent possible, the badges, incidents, and relics of slavery, it is necessary to prohibit assaults on the basis of real or perceived religions or national origins, at least to the extent such religions or national origins were regarded as races at the time of the adoption of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
(9) Federal jurisdiction over certain violent crimes motivated by bias enables Federal, State, and local authorities to work together as partners in the investigation and prosecution of such crimes.
(10) The problem of crimes motivated by bias is sufficiently serious, widespread, and interstate in nature as to warrant Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes.
SEC. 3. DEFINITION OF HATE CRIME.

In this Act—
(1) the term `crime of violence’ has the meaning given that term in section 16, title 18, United States Code;
(2) the term `hate crime’ has the meaning given such term in section 280003(a) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (28 U.S.C. 994 note); and
(3) the term `local’ means a county, city, town, township, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a State.
SEC. 4. SUPPORT FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AND PROSECUTIONS BY STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS.

(a) Assistance Other Than Financial Assistance-
(1) IN GENERAL- At the request of a State, local, or Tribal law enforcement agency, the Attorney General may provide technical, forensic, prosecutorial, or any other form of assistance in the criminal investigation or prosecution of any crime that—
(A) constitutes a crime of violence;
(B) constitutes a felony under the State, local, or Tribal laws; and
(C) is motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim, or is a violation of the State, local, or Tribal hate crime laws.
(2) PRIORITY- In providing assistance under paragraph (1), the Attorney General shall give priority to crimes committed by offenders who have committed crimes in more than one State and to rural jurisdictions that have difficulty covering the extraordinary expenses relating to the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
(b) Grants-
(1) IN GENERAL- The Attorney General may award grants to State, local, and Indian law enforcement agencies for extraordinary expenses associated with the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.
(2) OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS- In implementing the grant program under this subsection, the Office of Justice Programs shall work closely with grantees to ensure that the concerns and needs of all affected parties, including community groups and schools, colleges, and universities, are addressed through the local infrastructure developed under the grants.
(3) APPLICATION-
(A) IN GENERAL- Each State, local, and Indian law enforcement agency that desires a grant under this subsection shall submit an application to the Attorney General at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by or containing such information as the Attorney General shall reasonably require.
(B) DATE FOR SUBMISSION- Applications submitted pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be submitted during the 60-day period beginning on a date that the Attorney General shall prescribe.
(C) REQUIREMENTS- A State, local, and Indian law enforcement agency applying for a grant under this subsection shall—
(i) describe the extraordinary purposes for which the grant is needed;
(ii) certify that the State, local government, or Indian tribe lacks the resources necessary to investigate or prosecute the hate crime;
(iii) demonstrate that, in developing a plan to implement the grant, the State, local, and Indian law enforcement agency has consulted and coordinated with nonprofit, nongovernmental violence recovery service programs that have experience in providing services to victims of hate crimes; and
(iv) certify that any Federal funds received under this subsection will be used to supplement, not supplant, non-Federal funds that would otherwise be available for activities funded under this subsection.
(4) DEADLINE- An application for a grant under this subsection shall be approved or denied by the Attorney General not later than 30 business days after the date on which the Attorney General receives the application.
(5) GRANT AMOUNT- A grant under this subsection shall not exceed $100,000 for any single jurisdiction in any 1-year period.
(6) REPORT- Not later than December 31, 2011, the Attorney General shall submit to Congress a report describing the applications submitted for grants under this subsection, the award of such grants, and the purposes for which the grant amounts were expended.
(7) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 and 2011.
SEC. 5. GRANT PROGRAM.

(a) Authority To Award Grants- The Office of Justice Programs of the Department of Justice may award grants, in accordance with such regulations as the Attorney General may prescribe, to State, local, or Tribal programs designed to combat hate crimes committed by juveniles, including programs to train local law enforcement officers in identifying, investigating, prosecuting, and preventing hate crimes.
(b) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.
SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION FOR ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL TO ASSIST STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Justice, including the Community Relations Service, for fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012, such sums as are necessary to increase the number of personnel to prevent and respond to alleged violations of section 249 of title 18, United States Code, as added by section 7 of this Act.
SEC. 7. PROHIBITION OF CERTAIN HATE CRIME ACTS.

(a) In General- Chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
`Sec. 249. Hate crime acts

`(a) In General-
`(1) OFFENSES INVOLVING ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN- Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, or national origin of any person—
`(A) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and
`(B) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if—
`(i) death results from the offense; or
`(ii) the offense includes kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.
`(2) OFFENSES INVOLVING ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, OR DISABILITY-
`(A) IN GENERAL- Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person—
`(i) shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both; and
`(ii) shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if—
`(I) death results from the offense; or
`(II) the offense includes kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill.
`(B) CIRCUMSTANCES DESCRIBED- For purposes of subparagraph (A), the circumstances described in this subparagraph are that—
`(i) the conduct described in subparagraph (A) occurs during the course of, or as the result of, the travel of the defendant or the victim—
`(I) across a State line or national border; or
`(II) using a channel, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce;
`(ii) the defendant uses a channel, facility, or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce in connection with the conduct described in subparagraph (A);
`(iii) in connection with the conduct described in subparagraph (A), the defendant employs a firearm, explosive or incendiary device, or other weapon that has traveled in interstate or foreign commerce; or
`(iv) the conduct described in subparagraph (A)—
`(I) interferes with commercial or other economic activity in which the victim is engaged at the time of the conduct; or
`(II) otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce.
`(b) Certification Requirement- No prosecution of any offense described in this subsection may be undertaken by the United States, except under the certification in writing of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, the Associate Attorney General, or any Assistant Attorney General specially designated by the Attorney General that—
`(1) such certifying individual has reasonable cause to believe that the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person was a motivating factor underlying the alleged conduct of the defendant; and
`(2) such certifying individual has consulted with State or local law enforcement officials regarding the prosecution and determined that—
`(A) the State does not have jurisdiction or does not intend to exercise jurisdiction;
`(B) the State has requested that the Federal Government assume jurisdiction;
`(C) the State does not object to the Federal Government assuming jurisdiction; or
`(D) the verdict or sentence obtained pursuant to State charges left demonstratively unvindicated the Federal interest in eradicating bias-motivated violence.
`(c) Definitions-
`(1) In this section—
`(A) the term `explosive or incendiary device’ has the meaning given such term in section 232 of this title; and
`(B) the term `firearm’ has the meaning given such term in section 921(a) of this title.
`(2) For the purposes of this chapter, the term `gender identity’ means actual or perceived gender-related characteristics.
`(d) Rule of Evidence- In a prosecution for an offense under this section, evidence of expression or associations of the defendant may not be introduced as substantive evidence at trial, unless the evidence specifically relates to that offense. However, nothing in this section affects the rules of evidence governing impeachment of a witness.’.
(b) Technical and Conforming Amendment- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
`249. Hate crime acts.’.
SEC. 8. STATISTICS.

(a) In General- Subsection (b)(1) of the first section of the Hate Crimes Statistics Act (28 U.S.C. 534 note) is amended by inserting `gender and gender identity,’ after `race,’.
(b) Data- Subsection (b)(5) of the first section of the Hate Crimes Statistics Act (28 U.S.C. 534 note) is amended by inserting `, including data about crimes committed by, and crimes directed against, juveniles’ after `data acquired under this section’.
SEC. 9. SEVERABILITY.

If any provision of this Act, an amendment made by this Act, or the application of such provision or amendment to any person or circumstance is held to be unconstitutional, the remainder of this Act, the amendments made by this Act, and the application of the provisions of such to any person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby.
SEC. 10. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.

Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the free speech or free exercise clauses of, the First Amendment to the Constitution.


12 posted on 04/23/2009 11:23:24 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Markos33

We Will


13 posted on 04/23/2009 11:24:25 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: easternsky

Yes...WE will.


14 posted on 04/23/2009 11:25:27 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Welcome to the revolution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d like to see them start rounding up pastors and priests. Maybe the church has been asleep too long? If they thought taxes ticked people off...


15 posted on 04/23/2009 11:27:05 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism, it's the new black.)
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Members of churches with conservative, bible preaching pastors, will have to protect their own.

By any means necessary.

16 posted on 04/23/2009 11:28:25 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (We either Free America ourselves, or it is midnight for humanity for a thousand years.)
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Amen and Amen!


17 posted on 04/23/2009 11:29:17 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Welcome to the revolution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thought Crime.

I guess I’ll go and turn myself in. I have thought so many bad things about both parties that I might just rot in jail.

but I’m too soft to go to jail!!!


18 posted on 04/23/2009 11:31:53 PM PDT by GeronL (TYRANNY SENTINEL. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com LIBERTY FICTION at libertyfic.proboards.com)
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To: Cindy

Only terrorists get freedom of religion.


19 posted on 04/24/2009 12:00:05 AM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: Centurion2000

Problem is, they won’t come by force, they will come by sleazy lawyers and lawsuits, like the ACLU does. Churches won’t be able to afford defending themselves and will regulate their speech. Others will simply fold, especially when the homosexuals start making demands to be married and such.


20 posted on 04/24/2009 12:04:12 AM PDT by Yogafist
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To: Marie2
Do we still have freedom of religion, speech, assembly? Or no?

From the bill:

SEC. 10. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.

Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the free speech or free exercise clauses of, the First Amendment to the Constitution.


21 posted on 04/24/2009 12:13:02 AM PDT by Sandy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NOW comes the back lash of the beloved 501c3 tax exempt status, that all the churches have bought in to.


22 posted on 04/24/2009 12:19:17 AM PDT by briarbey b (There is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pastors will be included with the rest of us conservatives as potential terrorists.


23 posted on 04/24/2009 12:28:52 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Quick justice for the senseless killing of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield.)
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To: taxesareforever; All

You clearly haven’t read the text of the proposed bill, just as very few people here have. It’s just a taxpayer money-suck to give federal assistance to local investigations of hate crimes. Nothing in this bill will chill religious freedom of speech. Read first, then comment.


24 posted on 04/24/2009 1:18:32 AM PDT by aNYCguy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This should clear up any doubts about whom BO serves!

Yes we can, Thank You Satan

It's not coming folks, it's HERE!

25 posted on 04/24/2009 1:29:10 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Yes we can, Thank You Satan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With solid majorities in both houses of Congress, this must be what the people want. Until we can get these average voters to understand the ramifications of what they’re doing when they pull the lever for the RATS, this is not going to stop.


26 posted on 04/24/2009 3:12:10 AM PDT by Dahoser (The missus and I joined the NRA last weekend. Who says Obama can't inspire conservatives?)
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To: Marie2

Would Muslims be guilty, too, or only followers of Christ? My bet is it would most likely be “selective” prosecution of this “crime”.


27 posted on 04/24/2009 3:23:00 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Do you think we’ll see the first trial of this involving muslims?


28 posted on 04/24/2009 3:27:25 AM PDT by Mrs. P ("Wonder Woman wears Sarah Palin pajamas." - Blood of Tyrants)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks to the millions of “Christians” who vote Democrat.


29 posted on 04/24/2009 4:29:05 AM PDT by all the best
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30 posted on 04/24/2009 4:40:00 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, the same will apply to any anti-gay, anti-feminist rhetoric espoused by imams in mosques.

No??


31 posted on 04/24/2009 4:45:30 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Introducing Pretender-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama and the First Cow.)
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To: Markos33
Members of churches with conservative, bible preaching pastors, will have to protect their own.

Passage of this law might very well outlaw the koran in the US, due to the call to kill Jews... You know what they say about silver linings and dark clouds...

Mark

32 posted on 04/24/2009 4:45:38 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Sandy

Please remember that people said the same thing about McCain/Feingold CFR, and that it would never stand after the SCOTUS got through with it...

Mark


33 posted on 04/24/2009 4:47:56 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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ping


34 posted on 04/24/2009 4:56:01 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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35 posted on 04/24/2009 4:57:04 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: All

unbelievable...

1984


36 posted on 04/24/2009 4:59:10 AM PDT by rbmillerjr ("We Are All Socialists Now"........not me, not now, not ever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The USA is rapidly dissolving.

Keep your powder dry, FRiends. The 2nd American Revolution is imminent.


37 posted on 04/24/2009 6:21:04 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Sandy; scan59
Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the free speech or free exercise clauses of, the First Amendment to the Constitution.

That doesn't mean anything, of course. It's just smoke and mirrors. I wonder how they expect us to "construe" it.

38 posted on 04/24/2009 6:38:34 AM PDT by babyfreep (It's all about control.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

did not even know this was going through the house, So the left is at it again trying to close down free speech and attack christian religion

seems I will be prosecuted then because I will not shut up about how homosexuality is disgusting


39 posted on 04/24/2009 6:49:27 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick queer sham--- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: Markos33
"Members of churches with conservative, bible preaching pastors, will have to protect their own. "

And they will...

40 posted on 04/24/2009 6:52:55 AM PDT by ronnyquest ("That's what governments are for, to get in a man's way.")
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

does the black church know this along with Latino churches because I bet that those black churches would march.

so where is Rev sharpton and Jessie jackson, aren’t they supposed to be Revs.

Will those so called homo churches now be stopped promoting homosexuality, nah didn’t think so

I was in a place called Quincy MA and there is an old church there with two of our presidents laid to rest but guess what.

homos have took the church over , they fly a rainbow flag on the church and have a banned saying marriage equality

watch these homos and liberals target a church to go to with a video camera.
course they’ll do it to just christian churches and mormon churches but not the Jews or muslims

I can go into any mosque I bet and find that they talk politics all the time , same as a black church


41 posted on 04/24/2009 6:55:39 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick queer sham--- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: MarkL

then we have to go inside their mosques and record what they say.


42 posted on 04/24/2009 6:57:43 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick queer sham--- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: clee1

revolution of secession from the north east?????????????


43 posted on 04/24/2009 6:58:35 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick queer sham--- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: Arthur McGowan

We need to stop using the term “Political Correctness.”

Another (correct) name for it is “Cultural Marxism.”

Expected to read: CULTURAL MADNESS


44 posted on 04/24/2009 7:06:52 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh great, so now we have to rely on the courts, soon to be packed with Obama appointees, to protect First Amendment freedoms of speech and free exercise and find this legislation unconstitutional. Our constitutional freedoms are vanishing! We are doomed!


45 posted on 04/24/2009 8:42:08 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: aNYCguy

All it takes is one activist judge to instill his opinion into this legislation to make it pertain to a Pastor’s sermons. You need to open your eyes. The real world is passing you by.


46 posted on 04/24/2009 11:36:08 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Quick justice for the senseless killing of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield.)
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To: clee1
What a tagline, lol...possibly the best I've seen yet.
47 posted on 04/24/2009 2:03:26 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Welcome to the revolution)
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To: Markos33

Glad you like it, FRiend. I’m here all week; try the veal; tip your waitress.


48 posted on 04/24/2009 5:54:17 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: taxesareforever

I guess you still haven’t read the proposed legislation. That’s okay, don’t let it stop you from making predictions about its consequences.


49 posted on 04/25/2009 11:40:44 AM PDT by aNYCguy
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To: MarkL
"Passage of this law might very well outlaw the koran in the US, due to the call to kill Jews..."

Thats not going to happen. This law will be applied one way: against Christians. The Koran wont be touched. The bible will get banned.

50 posted on 04/25/2009 12:13:54 PM PDT by lowbridge (It's not that liberals are ignorant, it's that they know so much that isn't so - Ronald Reagan)
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