249-175 House Vote Gives Child Molesters Hate Crime Shield
THE HOUSE APPROVED federal hate crimes legislation (H.R. 1913), by a decisive 249- 175 margin. But in a shocking move, Democrats killed language that would have excluded pedophiles from receiving protections afforded in the measure. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) added the amendment during Judiciary Committee hearings, which stated that sexual orientation in the bill specifically be defined as not including pedophiles.
According to Ted Pike, director of the National Prayer Network, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) objected, saying that King’s amendment was “unnecessary and inflammatory.” Ms. Baldwin claimed that sexual orientation, as defined by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990, means consensual heterosexual or homosexual sex. That definition, she claimed, is sufficient to exclude pedophiles, Pike added. Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (Ill.) then quickly cut off debate—before any conservatives on the committee could respond—and called for a vote.
“When Republicans objected,” said Pike, “Conyers said he had not noticed them wanting to debate Baldwin’s position, an absurd, unbelievable lie.” Pedophilia is a problem, contends Pike, and is something that should be addressed in this legislation to avoid protecting those who break the law. It is inexplicable why Democrats on the committee would seek to provide federal protections to homosexual individuals and groups that promote pedophilia, while “straight” pedophiles would remain without specially protected status, punishable under conventional law.
During the last several minutes of the hearing, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) tried to object to the committee’s burying of language that would have excluded child-molesting homosexuals, but it was a lost cause.
The Judiciary voted to pass the hate bill without protective language so that any homosexual can claim special protection even when it comes to children. What other forms of dangerous practices will be afforded federal protections under the law? Before the debate was ended, Gohmert wondered aloud if parents, who attacked a homosexual pedophile who had been preying on their child, could now be prosecuted under federal hate crime laws.
Says Pike: “If the hate bill threat has not moved you to pick up your phone and protest to Congress, the fact that H.R. 1913 protects even pedophiles should cause you to react with outrage.”
Call 1-877 851-6437 toll free and tell your Senators in Congress to vote against this bill.
(Issue # 19, May 11, 2009)