Congress Decides Tomorrow: Will Federal Hate Crimes Bill Move Forward?


If “H.R. 1913” doesn’t mean anything to you, it should. It’s the hate crimes bill Congress’ Judiciary Committee will vote on tomorrow, deciding whether it will go to a House-wide appeal. The bill would make hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity a federal matter, expanding any state’s existing legislation by looping in the ability for the feds to prosecute offenders under this umbrella. It would also enable the Justice Department to assist and finances local and state efforts to investigate and prosecute hate crimes. But will opponents damn the bill with amendments that limit, or strip, its power?

If we can rely on Democrats, the bill will be pushed through committee. The Judiciary Committee has 23 Dems to 16 Republicans, with Wisconsin’s lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwin among them.

Of course, the opposition is already sounding the rally cry — complete with outright lies.

Falsely reports “Under such ‘hate-crime’ laws, pastors could be prosecuted for preaching the biblical view of homosexuality. Similar laws have been used to prosecute religious speech in the U.S. and abroad.”

(Pictured: Chris Crain, gay bashing victim)