WaPo answers hate crimes law critics

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

A few readers picked up on a recent Political Insider item on the hate crimes bill that’s part of a defense authorization bill passed recently by the House and pending in the Senate.  Despite the assurances of Jewish groups, several wrote that  they were sure the bill, if passed, would make it a crime to preach from the pulpit against homosexuality.


That’s the claim made by a host of Christian conservative groups, which somehow have taken the measure’s inclusion of crimes based on the victim’s sexual orientation as evidence it’s part of the great homosexual conspiracy to advance that “lifestyle” and maybe throw pastors who don’t like it in the slammer.


Jewish groups, led by the ADL, have been trying to counter that claim for years, with almost no impact.


The Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog has a good analysis piece suggesting the claim the new law will criminalize criticism of homosexuality is pure bosh. The bottom line here: opposition seems to be coming mostly from those whose operating principle seems to be, if the gay community wants it, it must be evil. 

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.