"Hate-Crimes" Could Mean Jail for Pastors

6 08 2007

Filed under: Hate-Crimes, Homosexuality, Liberalism, Socialism, Christianity

For months, liberals have been arguing in favor of the new “hate-crimes” bill that Congress will take up next month but they deny that Christians would face jail time or fines for expressing biblical views of homosexuality, the primary benefactor of the new bill. Focus on the Family looks at several examples of cases outside the U.S. and shows how it could apply here should the legislation be enacted.

1.) Just ask Stephen Boissoin, a Canadian pastor who wrote a letter in June to the editor of his local newspaper calling the homosexual agenda “wicked.” “From kindergarten class on,” he wrote, “our children, your grandchildren are being strategically targeted, psychologically abused and brainwashed by homosexual and pro-homosexual educators.”

The letter caught the attention of a human-rights activist at the University of Calgary, who filed a complaint of “hate-mongering” against Boissoin. The professor pointed to the case of a young homosexual who was beaten up two weeks later as evidence that such expressions incite violence.

Boissoin, who said he was just trying to create “spirited debate,” now faces charges before the Alberta Human Rights Commission. He could be fined by the commission and referred to a court for criminal proceedings. Canada added “sexual orientation” as a cause for hate-crime prosecution under a new federal law in 2004.

2.) Or ask Ake Green, the Swedish pastor who became the most famous victim of such hate-speech prosecutions several years ago after preaching a sermon in which he termed homosexuality “abnormal” and a “perversion.” Green was sentenced to a month in jail under Sweden’s hate-crimes law, but was acquitted by Sweden’s Supreme Court. The acquittal came after his attorney threatened to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Ashley Horne, federal issues analyst for Focus on the Family Action, warned that cases such as Boissoin’s demonstrate that a federal hate-crimes law could be used to punish religious free speech.

“In this country, anyone who ‘induces’ a federal crime can also be charged under federal law,” she said. “So, if a parishioner who listened to his pastor’s sermon on the biblical view of homosexuality later committed a violent act against a homosexual, the parishioner could be charged with a federal ‘hate crime,’ and his pastor could be charged federally for ‘inducing a hate crime.’ ”

Lest you think that foreign cases do not apply to law in the U.S., the influence of foreign law is more than most realize instead of vice versa. The evidence is easily seen in the slow, but steady march towards socialism. Examples include higher taxes, evolution, affirmative action, and any other concoction of liberalism that goes directly against the heartbeat of this country.

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