Free Speech Concerns Ignored as Anti-Christian “Hate Crimes” Bill Passes Fed. Judiciary Committee

A divided House Judiciary Committee yesterday voted to send a federal “hate crimes” bill to the House, after free speech advocates failed to secure protection for pastors who might preach biblically-based injunctions against homosexual activity. In a motion almost completely ignored by the mainstream media, the Judiciary Committee voted 15-12 to allow the hotly contested H.R. 1913, known as the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Act of 2009, to go forward. The measure would grant the federal government a new authority to prosecute any violent crime anywhere in the country that is perceived to be “motivated by prejudice” against a number of protected characteristics, including “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”