Sunset News: "hate crimes" laws.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

"hate crimes" laws.

Radio talk icon Rush Limbaugh has warned his audience about the advancing threat of "hate crimes" laws.

"Some people are going to be put in jail for things that they say," he said. "Hate crime legislation. That's where they determine what's in your mind when you commit a crime. That's when they decide what you were thinking … If you were thinking unapproved thoughts, that would make the crime you committed even worse."

"For those who say the 'Pedophile Protection Act' isn't accurate here's a bit of a review. In committee, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, offered the amendment to exclude pedophiles from receiving elevated protection in the House version of the bill … [suggesting] 'The term sexual orientation as used in this act or any amendments to this act does not include pedophilia,'" said Porter.

"It's straightforward. And it was rejected," Porter said.

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., confirmed that anyone with any "disability or all of these 'philias' and fetishes and 'isms' … need not live in fear."

William Greene of "Critics say that would allow for prosecutions against pastors who preach a biblical ban on homosexuality if someone who hears such a message later is accused of any crime. A pastor's sermon could be viewed as 'hate speech' under this legislation if it's heard by someone who then commits an act of violence against someone based on 'sexual orientation.' The pastor could be prosecuted for 'conspiracy to commit a hate crime,'" according

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