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Here’s a new twist:

A Dallas evangelist told his followers that an “anointed cake” baked by “hookers” turned a gay man straight.

The evangelist, Lance Wallnau, bills himself as a Christian consultant whose website says he helped get President Donald Trump elected with his book God’s Chaos Candidate.

Who would have thought? People who know me consider me to be a really straight guy. But, you know, cake.

And that is funny.

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It’s Friday again. Surely there must be something funny in  the world today. How about checking in on the Catholic Church?

‘If homosexual relationships are intrinsically disordered, which indeed they are … then what would it mean to grandchildren to have present at a family gathering a family member who is living [in] a disordered relationship with another person?

‘If it were another kind of relationship – something that was profoundly disordered and harmful – we wouldn’t expose our children to that relationship, to the direct experience of it.

‘And neither should we do it in the context of a family member who not only suffers from same-sex attraction, but who has chosen to live out that attraction, to act upon it, committing acts which are always and everywhere wrong, evil.’

Those are the words of Cardinal Raymond Burke, speaking at a Synod of the Family in Rome. Senior Catholic figures gathered there to discuss family issues.

Cardinal Burke is not, himself, married and likely never has he ever been. It is also unlikely the cardinal has ever been engaged in a heterosexual relationship. He wears a dress and lives with a bunch of other men.

Now that is funny.

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Since this is Friday, here’s something funny from about 50 years ago:

A quaint story from colonial India. Two members of His Majesty’s officer corps were discussing a third:
Have you heard about Greer?
Greer?
Yes, Greer.
What about Greer?
It’s been said Greer has been having sexual intercourse with a baboon.
A baboon? Really! Male or female?
Why, female, of course. There’s nothing queer about Greer.

Here is something more up to date:

The leader of an anti-LGBT group who has joined with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to ban same-sex marriage had his own marriage end after his wife began a romantic relationship with another woman.

According to court documents obtained by Lone Star Q, Corrine Morris Rodriguez Saenz was dating another woman when she filed for divorce from Jonathan Saenz in 2011. Less than six months later, Jonathan Saenz took over as the president of the state’s top anti-gay group, Texas Values.

Corrine Saenz told the court that she wanted to end her marriage on the grounds that it was “insupportable due to discord or conflict of personalities … that destroys the legitimate ends of marriage and prevents reasonable expectations of reconciliation.”

Any way you dice this, it is funny. It’s true, besides.

The Golden Divide

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There is a divide in American politics. It’s one I’ve seen building the past 50 years. It supersedes one that opened up in the late 1940s. In those days the Republican Party had been out of the White House for going on 16 years, and they needed desperately to get in the game. They found their hitch in communism. The Democratic administration was riddled with communists, not an unfair claim, since there was still work to be done making communism unpopular again. Many government employees were, indeed communists, or at least communist sympathizers—comsymps for short.

That grew tiring after nearly two decades of congressional and legislative abuse, and after it dawned on people that political affiliation is not a crime under United States law. While matters of national loyalty were still worthy of a salute, some slack remained. It was found to be necessary to widen the rift.

Then it was noticed that Democrats tended to be liberal, and liberal meant a lot of things:

  • Coddling criminals (e.g., Miranda)
  • Support for welfare spending
  • Absence of religiosity (much exaggerated, although freethinkers tend toward liberalism)
  • Anti gun (although some of the most liberal souls I have known were gun enthusiasts, even NRA members)
  • Anti military (liberals would not rather not spend the national treasure on WMD)

I can list more, but the line becomes blurry. The Golden Divide is today’s topic, and I will develop it further. Where to start?

First, backtrack to the matter of religiosity. Homosexuality is mentioned or inferred several places in the Bible. Islam, derived from Judaism, carries the tradition forward. Slackness on religion and a penchant for inclusiveness gets liberals, and in turn the Democratic Party, tagged with tolerance for homosexuality. Some would even say liberals embrace homosexuality on the same footing with the other kind. And there it stands.

There are degrees within the divide:

And more.

For those unclear whether a political divide exists, ask yourself some questions: If you need the legal right to deny equal service to homosexuals, which political party do you gravitate to? And on up the line.

I will be asked, “But what about the Log Cabin Republicans?” I ask that question, myself. The answer that comes to me naively is that other considerations of political conservatism (e.g., gun rights, disgusted with welfare moochers) outweigh the otherwise cold shoulder homosexuals can expect to find in the Republican ranks.

Let’s examine a recent Facebook dialog:

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For the record, and to enable search engines to find the pictured text, here is a transcription:

Dave Chandler

Hillary and Bill Clinton, and the Clinton Foundation, support this barbaric behavior because they accept millions of dollars from Islamic/Muslim countries who subjugate women and kill gays. Blood on the Clinton’s hands. They disgust me. This is graphic. Sharia has no place in America. And sheeple, this could be you just for being a Christian. So don’t think you would be immune from this type of treatment.

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James Bryan Dave.. I simply don’t underdstand how anyone– let alone the gay community– can support the Clintons. If Sharia law is ever implemented in this country, we will all be introuble, but some groups more than others… if you know what I mean…
John Blanton They are pure evil.
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Sharia law is an Islamic melding of church and state. American conservatives (Republicans) fail to notice a…
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Dave Chandler Yes John, I believe they are evil. Yes, the old guard Republican establishment has a hard time separating church and state. But the difference is they and Christians don’t go around publicly killing those that believe or live differently than they do. Those on the fringe that do suffer the consequences.

John Blanton What you are saying is that these conservative Christian extremists who have been advocating the killing of homosexuals have failed to live up to their own preaching. We can only hope they go back on their other promises.

Martha Pace Can’t even describe how I feel about this

Ignore the preamble. If somebody wants to come at me over “Hillary and Bill Clinton, and the Clinton Foundation, support this barbaric behavior because they accept millions of dollars from Islamic/Muslim countries…,” I will be happy to discuss it and put it where it fits. In the meantime it just gets us to the bottom three posts:

  • I likened sharia law to American Christian extremism. See my previous five bullet points.
  • Dave came back, pointing out that American Christian extremists don’t kill people. (Actually they do, but they tend to get prosecuted for it.)
  • I responded that not killing people just means they are not following through what they publicly advocate. Left implied is they don’t follow through because American law does not let people get away with this kind of stuff.

Anybody who disagrees the Golden Divide exists is invited to follow up. Use the comment section below.

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Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

American Sharia

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Sharia law is an Islamic melding of church and state. American conservatives (Republicans) fail to notice a certain connection:

House Republicans at a conference meeting heard a Bible verse that calls for death for homosexuals shortly before the chamber voted on the morning of May 26 to reject a spending bill that included an amendment barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Whether the freshman member who gave the prayer intended to condemn members of the LGBT community has left Republicans and Democrats deeply divided. What’s certain is that the Energy-Water appropriations bill that came to the floor later in the morning was defeated on a resounding 112-305 vote, with a majority of the GOP caucus in opposition.

Georgia Rep. Rick W. Allen led the opening prayer by reading from Romans 1:18-32, and Revelations 22:18-19. An aide to Allen told CQ that Allen did not mention the upcoming vote on the Energy-Water spending bill or an amendment that would reinforce a presidential directive prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.

For those not familiar with American sharia, here are some excerpts from BibleGateway.com:

Romans 1:18-32 King James Version (KJV)

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Revelation 22:18-19 King James Version (KJV)

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

For some reason, as yet unexplained by groups such as the Log Cabin Republicans, people like Phil Robertson never show up in support of liberal (Democratic Party) candidates. Conservative readers are invited to post comments. Explain this odd phenomenon.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Curious Meme

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This bounced onto my Facebook feed early today, and I cannot resist. It was posted by a “friend” I know to not be right wing, so I am sure he sees the same humor I do. Please note the language. I have duplicated the interesting use of capitalization and grammar:

A Muslim can murder 50 homosexuals, and Liberals still defend the religion, but a Christian who refuses to bake a homosexual’s wedding cake endures nationwide shaming on behalf of their religion…. This is how ridiculous liberals look to everybody these days.

We are encouraged to “Like & Share.” Attribution is given to RightAlerts.com, “Breaking headlines without The Liberal Bias.”

The irony is hard to escape. What the creator imagines he is doing is exposing liberal bias. What has happened, instead, is that some curious conservative thinking has been exposed. I will point out:

  • A Christian who murdered 168 people in Oklahoma City was, himself, condemned. And executed. This person was inspired by such organizations as The Covenant, Sword and Arm of the Lord, not quite a Muslim country club. Christianity was not condemned.
  • A Christian who refuses to do business with homosexuals is ridiculed personally for acting contrary to supposedly Christian principles. Christianity, as a religion, escapes. Note Fred Rogers.
  • I am a liberal, and I condemn the Muslim religion. These people cling to absurd notions such as the Earth being created 6000 years ago and people ascending into Heaven. Come to think of it, so do Christians. It turns out I condemn all religions.

And this is a very curious meme.

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So, why am I showing this image of a brown (?) Probe? Maybe it has to do with today’s funny headline:

Kenyan Judge Says Anal Probes Are a Legal Way to Determine if Someone is Gay

In Kenya, a nation where sodomy is a criminal offense, a judge just ruled that anal probes are a legal way to determine someone’s sexual orientation.

And that’s funny.

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From Newslo, again. Their stuff is so funny:

“Pastor Charles Worley of Maiden, N.C.’s Providence Road Baptist Church recently told his congregation that lesbians and “queers” should be rounded up, placed in camps with electrified fencing and left to die.

Wait. I haven’t got to the funny part yet. In the middle of an interview he answered a call on his cell phone:

“Hey Chris, how are you doing? How’s everything in New Jersey?” the pastor inquired, leading Newslo’s interviewer to the obvious conclusion that the person on the other side of the line was, in fact, the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. “Say, how’s that women’s Viagra pill deal working out? Uh-huh? That good? And any news on the anti-lesbian vaccine? Great, great. Listen, Chris, I just got a killer idea – have you ever thought about an anti-gay vaccine? I know, sounds epic, right? Look, set the wheels in motion and I’ve got the market and guinea pigs already set up on my end, don’t worry about it. Keep me posted. Talk later.”

Now, that’ funny.

The People

This post quotes extensively from Georgia HB 757, available on the Internet. In the event the source is ever moved or deleted, I have retained a copy on this site.

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I am so very sorry

A political fantasy has swept the country and is beginning to run head on against reality:

(CNN)Under increasing pressure from major corporations that do business in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday he will veto a bill that critics say would have curtailed the rights of Georgia’s LGBT community.

House Bill 757 would have given faith-based organizations in Georgia the option to deny services and jobs to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Supporters said the measure was meant to protect religious freedom, while opponents have described it as “anti-LGBT” and “appalling.”

Let me spell that out in case you missed it: “deny services and jobs to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.” In place of “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people,” read “the people.” The people who pay taxes. The people who vote for you. The people who pay your salary. The people you are supposed to work for. Yes, politicians, your job is not to look out for the interests of only straight, white, Christian fundamentalists with an aversion to all others. Your job is to look out for the rights of all the people.

It is interesting to see the legislation in question. What is it about this bill that was so favored by some? The wording is, in part:

HB 757

Domestic relations; religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies in violation of their legal right; provide

Official Summary: A BILL to be entitled an Act to protect religious freedoms; to amend Chapter 3 of Title 19 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to marriage generally, so as to provide that religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion; to amend Chapter 1 of Title 10 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to selling and other trade practices, so as to change certain provisions relating to days of rest for employees of business and industry; to protect property owners which are religious institutions against infringement of religious freedom; to define a term; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

This is only a summary. The details are in the full text. A quick read reveals a number of interesting points, including the following:

To protect religious freedoms; to provide for defenses and relief related thereto; to amend Chapter 3 of Title 19 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to marriage generally, so as to provide that religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies, perform rites, or administer sacraments in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion; to provide that no individual shall be required to attend the solemnization of a marriage, performance of rites, or administration of sacraments in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion; to amend Chapter 1 of Title 10 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to selling and other trade practices, so as to change certain provisions relating to days of rest for employees of business and industry; to protect property owners which are faith based organizations against infringement of religious freedom; to protect certain providers of services against infringement of religious freedom…

[HB 757; 1-11, emphasis added]

This part spells out the intent of HB 757, and part of that intent is “to protect property owners which are faith based organizations.” Later the meaning of “faith based organization” is delineated:

‘Faith based organization’ means a church, a religious school, an association or convention of churches, a convention mission agency, or an integrated auxiliary of a church or convention or association of churches, when such entity is qualified as an exempt religious organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

[HB 757; 80-84]

This may be a side point, but it’s worth noting. As defined, “faith based organizations” already have protection under the First Amendment of the Constitution. Specifically, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” It is a puzzlement as to why state legislators thought to include this unneeded protection.

As it turns out, the real matter is not faith based organizations, it’s government officials. It’s those who work for the people, all of the people. Significantly, HB 757 provides protection to public officials who do not do their jobs:

(4) Afford any protection or relief to a public officer or employee who fails or refuses to perform his or her official duties; provided, however, that this paragraph shall not prohibit any person from holding any public office or trust on account of religious opinions, in accordance with Paragraph IV of Section I of Article I of the Constitution.

[HB 757; 217-220]

Is even this wording needed? Don’t public officials always do their jobs, the jobs which require an oath of office, which oath typically includes wording to the effect the officials promise to uphold the law as part of their duties? What elected or appointed official would ever take it upon himself (or herself) to set aside the rule of law in favor of some personal preference? I’m glad you asked:

Let me get this straight. Hood County Clerk Katie Lang took it upon herself to defy the law and to expose tax payers of Hood County to hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, on a personal whim? How many ways are there to spell breathtaking inanity? And it played out two blocks from where I grew up.

Yes, sorry to say, this little drama touches on the place I called home in my formative years. Where did I go astray?

There were people, people in Georgia, who wanted this bill  passed and signed into law, and their intentions were not pure. The persons proposing this legislation had the motivation to protect those like themselves, those with an aversion to homosexuals. Most seek to conceal this intent. They hide it. They seek refuge in ancient religious texts. They claim to be commanded by a higher power, a power beyond their control:

Leviticus 18:22 King James Version (KJV)

22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

This is but a sample. There are others, more stringent. And people of faith must not contravene these proscriptions. To do so would betray their faith and would incur the wrath of a higher power, a power higher than any law of the land. These words out of Leviticus (and others) are strict and guide the lives of the righteous and the faithful. There are no exceptions:

Deuteronomy 22:11 King James Version (KJV)

11 Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

No exceptions:

Leviticus 19:28 King James Version (KJV)

28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.

No Exceptions:

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 King James Version (KJV)

18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

No exceptions:

Exodus 21:7 King James Version (KJV)

And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do.

No exceptions:

Exodus 21:1-6 King James Version (KJV)

21 Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them.

If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.

If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.

If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.

And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free:

Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.

That seems to be straight forward. I can’t find any ambiguity in these instructions. People of faith must adhere strictly to these rules for living, with no exceptions. No exceptions when the rules relate to something the person already had in mind. Something such as disdain for homosexuals. All those others may be forsworn. Dishing dirt on queers requires strict observance. It is the word of the Lord.

So disappointing to mention, there are others who agree:

ALTOONA, Wis. – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz criticized Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday for vetoing a controversial religious liberties bill that came under heavy criticism from opponents who argued that it would discriminate against gay and transgender individuals.

“I thought that was very disappointing to see Governor Deal in Georgia side with leftist activists,” Cruz told reporters outside a restaurant here where he met with voters ahead of Wisconsin’s April 5 primary.

Of course, I am shocked. Shocked that a Texas senator from Calgary would take such a stand. Not really. We all saw this coming, even before the governor could find his veto stamp:

No question, the contestants for the Republican presidential nomination are a very conservative bunch, but there is something that sets Texas Sen. Ted Cruz apart from the pack: his endorsements from some of the religious right’s kookiest voices. Where the 2008 GOP nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, distanced himself from militants on the evangelical fringe, Cruz proudly embraces them.

Among the most notable — or notorious — of these Cruz endorsers is Mike Bickle, the pastor who runs the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo. Bickle has preached that in the “End Times” God will raise up someone to hunt down Jews who fail to accept Christ — someone, he imagines, in the mold of the most famous Jew hunter of them all, Adolf Hitler. Among Bickle’s other end-of-the-world teachings is that Oprah Winfrey is unwittingly part of a “Harlot movement” that is paving the way for the Antichrist. He also predicts that the gay agenda, which he says is “rooted in the depths of hell,” will lead to the elimination of marriage as an institution.

Most recently, Bickle opined that January’s big blizzard on the East Coast was a punishment from God for the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an appeal of a North Dakota abortion rights ruling that went against the anti-abortion side.

Another Cruz fan is Bob Vander Plaats, leader of an Iowa-based group called the Family Leader. Of Cruz, Vander Plaats says he is “the most consistent and principled conservative” in the nomination race.

One of the principles Vander Plaats espouses is that the fight against same-sex marriage is equivalent to the 19th century struggle against slavery. Same-sex marriage, he has said, is a “Satanic plot” that will lead to parents marrying their own children. Vander Plaats has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his anti-gay policies. He has proposed the Putin-like idea that students should be taught homosexuality is a public threat on par with smoking.

There are either of two ways to spell this: “Guilt by association” or “The company you keep.”

As it turns out, those in Georgia who pushed for HB 757 in the first place are correct. There is a higher power. It’s a power they will ignore at their peril. It’s the power of the pocketbook. HB 757 earned a veto under pressure from the people in Georgia who sign the checks. Business leaders, the base of conservative America, saw HB 757 as bad for business. It’s hard to get business to invest in a place that has “jake leg” stamped all over it.

I have touched on “jake leg” before. It translates into something I mentioned a number of times, often in conjunction with breathtaking inanity. This may be one of those cases.

Not Now, Jody

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Chapter Four

As mentioned, I’m spending some time reviewing  It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America by Georgia Congressman Jody Hice. Go back to the initial post to get my overview of the book and the lowdown on the front matter. I’m reviewing the book a chapter at a time. These reviews involve taking quotations from the book and providing appropriate comment. This is Chapter Four, titled “The Truth About Hate Crimes” Here’s how it starts:

For instance, there is much talk these days about “hate crimes” legislation and various related bills, such as ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act). The outcome of these bills will have horrible consequences if they become law. So bizarre has the conflict become, that elected representatives in Washington, D.C. actually attached a hate crime bill to the Defense Authorization spending bill. By so doing, they associated ‘hate crimes’ with terrorism. This was nothing but a politically correct way of saying, “those who disagree with the liberal, radical, left-wing agenda have

the same mentality of terrorists, and need to be dealt with accordingly.”

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 82-83). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

I’m going to say this just about dispenses with Congressman Jody Hice’s thinking there is no such thing as a hate crime.

Surprise, surprise! Bleeding heart liberal that I am, I have one agreement with Congressman Hice. The concept of hate crimes is redundant. Then-governor George Bush of Texas famously spoke in a debate with presidential opponent Al Gore back in 2000. This was concerning a particularly gruesome murder of a black man in Texas. With as little adroit as could possibly be mustered, our governor stated there was no need for a hate crime. These murderers were going, themselves, to be murdered by the state of Texas. And he gave a little chuckle.

The problems I have with legislating hate crimes are:

  • This places an extra burden on the prosecution. The prosecution needs to prove something more than the facts of the case. Proof is needed of what was in the mind of the accused.
  • It’s superfluous. The act itself is a crime without the added charge.
  • People will be prosecuted for something that is likely protected under the Constitution. We do not require that people like each other. We just require they get along.

Fortunately for this writer, Congressman Hice has few bounds when he arranges to set his thoughts to hard copy. For example:

Unfortunately, there is an eerie silence from Washington about the real nature and purpose of hate crime legislation. It is not about protecting a discriminated class of Americans, in particular, homosexuals. Truthfully, there is no significant national problem of unfairness or harm against the gay and lesbian community. In fact, in many ways they already enjoy more rights and freedoms than other Americans. Take, for example, the partially taxpayer funded Hedonistic Folsom Street Fair held in San Francisco during September. Over 400,000 people attended the despicable event. Matt Barber, currently with Liberty Counsel but previously, Policy Director for Cultural Issues for Concerned Women for America (CWA) said, “we have photographic evidence that the San Francisco government suspends indecency and child abuse laws for a day allowing fair goers to parade the streets of San Francisco, fully nude, engaging in illegal public sex while tax-payer funded police stand-by and do nothing. Children are allowed to-and do-attend this event and are exposed to this activity which is illegal child abuse.”[78] What other group could get away with such unlawful behavior and enjoy police protection for so doing? They have become “untouchable” from a political or public point of view.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 83). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

I have to say, I went to the site, and I viewed the photos. There definitely are some people with an overwrought obsession for things leather. Little doubt is left there are people doing things in public that would best be left for the privacy of one’s home. Some of these people really ought to be ashamed of themselves. I am sure if Congressman Hice were made king for a day he would put an end to all of this.

And there, as one might say, is the rub. There is a lot here to do with Congressman Hice’s personal preference and not as much about what may really be wrong with this country.

Beyond that, the congressman rightly points out that the incidence of hate crime is minuscule in relation to the total crime problem. Then—and this is why I enjoyed so much reviewing this book—the congressman takes that extra step:

Based on these facts, where is the justification for “hate crime” legislation? Why is no one in Congress proclaiming the truth about these people and their horrible “woes?” All we hear about is their persecution, the discrimination they face and the desperate need they have for police and law enforcement protection. We are told that millions of tax dollars should be spent for this legislation in order equip and hire the adequate law enforcement needed to stop the bloodshed.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 85). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Did he say “millions of tax dollars?” Does he really mean extra police officers will be needed? In all fairness, Pastor Hice wrote this before he was actually elected to public office with the aim toward making our country’s laws. His job as pastor of a Bethlehem, Georgia, church was not sufficient preparation in the ways of the world. In all fairness, the people of Georgia District 10 may not have been aware of this when they voted for Pastor Hice, sending him to Washington to make law.

Again, Congressman Hice points out the paucity of actual hate crime prosecutions. Again he goes a little hyperbolic:

We are entering an era in American history where people are going to be criminalized for a particular belief system they embrace. The outcry for protecting homosexuals and gender-confused people is manufactured. You must look beyond the “politically correct” hullabaloo. If there is no statistical problem, then why are millions of dollars being offered to “protect” 151 people? Again, protecting 151 people is not the concern. The real effort is to criminalize millions of Americans who do not accept the lifestyle or worldview of that these 151 represent. The goal is to create fear through threat of punishment and thereby, silence opponents. By so doing, the influence of those who hold to traditional moral values will be squelched, and the liberal, sexually twisted agenda of the Left will march forward, unchallenged. That is what “hate crime” legislation is about; it is not about protecting 151 people!

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 86). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

“The real effort is to criminalize millions of Americans who do not accept the lifestyle or worldview of that these 151 represent.” Millions of Americans are going to perpetrate crimes against 151 people? Surely Congressman Hice did not mean to say exactly that. We can only hope. We can only hope that millions of Americans are right now not preparing to attack, brutalize, murder homosexual and transgender individuals in any number.

“By so doing, the influence of those who hold to traditional moral values will be squelched, and the liberal, sexually twisted agenda of the Left will march forward, unchallenged.” Hate crime legislation is meant to keep people from challenging the “sexually twisted agenda of the Left?” Congressman Hice omits any description of how hate crime legislation is going to keep himself, as well as millions of others, from speaking out against anything to which they object. Assaulting, brutalizing, murdering maybe. A look at actual hate crime legislation hints that nobody is convicted of a hate crime unless an otherwise unlawful act is also involved. Does Congressman Hice miss this point? Does he hope his readers do?

The congressman advances into a discussion of employment discrimination:

Not only are we fighting hate crime legislation, but also a host of other related bills are pending, such as ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Just as hate crime legislation is not about crimes, ENDA is not about stopping discrimination in the workplace. The evidence of sexual-oriented discrimination is horribly lacking. Nonetheless, if ENDA goes through and we protect this ‘special’ group of people by claiming them to be disadvantaged and discriminated against in the workplace; then private businesses will be forced by law to accommodate homosexual and transgender activity, thus legitimizing their lifestyle. Why not do the same with other classes of people, Christians for instance?

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 87). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

His reasoning is not clear. At one point he notes that employment discrimination hardly exists. Then he says employers will no longer be able to do what they are hardly doing already. Further, such legislation will work to make the lifestyles of homosexuals and transgenders acceptable. Sort of like making interracial marriage acceptable (adding my own translation).

Contrary to all the hullabaloo regarding homosexuals and transgenders, it’s really Christians who are receiving the brunt of anti-discrimination legislation. To be sure, Congressman Hice cites the case of Christian minister Mark Holick:

Discrimination cases against Christians have become too numerous to count. Pastor Mark Holick went to a homosexual event in Wichita, Kansas in July 2007. He wanted to give away Christian literature and to silently pray while the event was taking place. There was a small fee for entrance into the event park. Holick did not enter. Instead, he intended to stay outside the park on a public sidewalk. Several days prior to the event, he went to the Police Department and informed them of his plans. He obtained official permission to proceed with his objective. One high-ranking officer assured him that he would encounter no problems, saying, “the sidewalk is your friend.” What he experienced was alarming. Within three minutes of his arrival on the morning of the event, Mark Holick was arrested for “trespassing” on a public sidewalk, while hundreds of other people on the same sidewalk were allowed to “trespass.” An obvious question is, “How can you trespass on a public sidewalk?” but off to jail he went! This situation comes much closer to an authentic “hate crime” than does the fabricated accusations touted by the media in defense of homosexuality.[83] In this case, Mark Holick’s Constitutional rights were clearly violated.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (pp. 87-88). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

The Wichita Eagle provides some background:

A judge ordered a Wichita pastor to stay away from the Islamic Society of Wichita, as part of a sentence for loitering and disrupting business.

Sedgwick County District Judge Phil Journey this morning sentenced Mark Holick to serve 12 months unsupervised probation, pay $300 in fines and stay at least 1,000 feet from the Islamic Center, where he was arrested in August 2010.

Holick, pastor of Spirit One Christian Ministry, and more than a dozen followers had gone to the Islamic Center as members there were trying to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. Holick said they were there to hand out Bibles. Police said he was causing a disturbance and blocking access to the center.

Police had said they asked Holick to move to a public sidewalk. In one instance, cited by Journey, Holick marched in place in response to police orders to move.

“The only reason you were the one arrested is because you were the only one who disobeyed the police orders,” Journey told Holick.

It would appear a lot of what Congressman Hice says is contrary to known facts. Are we surprised? We shouldn’t be. If all suspicions are correct, the congressman also believes a magical person in the sky sent himself, disguised has his own son, to this planet in order that his son (himself) could be tortured and killed to redeem the sin committed by two imaginary people about 6000 years ago. Once you get past that you can believe all kinds of stuff.

Congressman Hice recounts a case that highlights a number of interesting points: Here is a lengthy quote:

A case of attempted robbery has revealed that hate-crimes laws are not about “hate” but about enshrining homosexual behavior into law. Anthone Fortunato lured 28-year-old Michael Sandy to a New York City beach to rob him. Fortunato and some other men chased Sandy into a street, where he was struck by a car and killed. Fortunato said that he had selected Sandy because he thought a gay man would be an easier target. As a result, he was charged with murder as a hate crime. Interestingly enough, Fortunato testified in court that he too, is gay.

Nonetheless, prosecutors argue that Fortunato’s sexual preference is irrelevant because New York law can convict defendants of hate crimes even if they bear no actual hatred for their victim.[84] Did you get that? A person can be convicted of a hate crime, even if there is no hate involved! The law merely requires “that they singled out a person for a violent act because of some belief or stereotype about that person’s ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.”[85] The judge agreed with that interpretation!

Bruce Hausknecht, a judicial analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said this case proves hate-crimes laws are not about hate. “If you can be prosecuted for a hate crime without demonstrating any hate for the victim, and you even belong to the same protected class as the victim, then all of the publicly touted reasons advanced by liberals for the necessity of these types of laws are pure fabrications designed to cover up their political motivations.”[86] This case demonstrates that “hate” is not the issue. The point of hate-crime laws is to normalize a certain lifestyle; it is about forcing the American public into acceptance of humanistic ideology. The attempt is to force all public aspects: politics, business, education and religious organizations, to accept something that might not otherwise, be accepted.

Dr. Jody Hice (2012-01-13). It’s Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America (p. 89). WestBowPress. Kindle Edition.

Now, that’s interesting. Fortunato sought to rob Sandy. Sandy got killed in the process. A crime was committed. Fortunato was charged with that crime. Then he was charged with an additional crime. Congressman Hice has a point here. No hate may have been involved. Maybe Fortunato did not hate Sandy. Maybe Fortunato actually liked Sandy. That’s why he robbed him. Because Fortunato liked him. That’s what people do when they like somebody. They rob (and kill) them.

Of course I’m being facetious. Hate crimes may be a silly idea, but Hice has some silly ideas of his own. The American Justice system is being used to force people to do something—accept people the way they are—that would not otherwise do. That’s not the job of the American justice system. That’s the job of people such as Pastor Hice, leader of a Christian congregation in Bethlehem, Georgia. Whatever happened to the principle of Christian love and acceptance? Is it a myth on the same order as hate crimes?

Coming up next: Chapter Four, “Religious Liberties Under Siege ” It’s going to be interesting.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.