Why Do You Intentionally LIE on This Point?

I’m gonna say this nicely ONCE.  Then I am going to lose my mind and further engagement on this topic will be dealt with most severely.

Do not listen to Pat Robertson.  The man’s cheese has slipped off his cracker a long time ago.  This week on the 700 Club:

Robertson: You know, there’s a law – what about a law that says it’s a federal crime to attack somebody because of his religious beliefs? Not a chance!

Actually, religious bias has been part of hate crime legislation since it started to be enacted by the states in 1980.

1980, Pat.  Look, I hate this crap because Christians who never read a book or a newspaper hear you bleat and take it as the gospel.  Let us open our recent copy of the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Act and turn to page:

“(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, a dangerous weapon, 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—

“(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) or paragraph (3), willfully causes bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, 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’d be celebrating the passage of this long, long overdue legislation, but I read this morning that Obama’s program to assist gay senior communities is being denounced because “gay men die earlier, anyway.”  I’ll have a sip of champagne, but we still have work to do.

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~ by WriterRand on October 30, 2009.

2 Responses to “Why Do You Intentionally LIE on This Point?”

  1. You know, at one time I actually was against this legislation. I can say now, I have absolutely no idea why on God’s green earth that I was. I agree, it’s long overdue, and there is most definitely still some work to be done.

    Likewise, I believe Mr. Robertson is a bit overdue for retirement. He’s not helping anyone when he makes some of the comments he makes like this. He just sounds desperate and wrong, despite whatever good intentions he probably has in mind by saying them.

  2. Brandon, what possible good could Pat have in mind? I’m not being snarky. I just wonder what good could be his aim w/ some of his remarks regarding gay folks over the years.

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