A fundamental aspect of the good news of the gospel is the message of liberty. As President Joseph F. Smith said, “The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of freedom; the gospel of the Son of God is the gospel of liberty.” Men of God, both ancient and modern, have spoken on this issue repeatedly. This book analyzes what liberty is and how it applies to government.
As predicted previously, the Democrat-controlled Congress is considering “hate crime” legislation. H.R. 254, or the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 is yet another attempt to establish an Orwellian thought police of sorts. What is touted strictly as “hate crime” in this legislation is simply a disguised springboard for suppressing all “hate speech”, a vague enough term to throw anybody into a state of self-censorship and fear.
The federal government is once again attempting to hoard power and control the lives of individual citizens. The Constitution expressly prohibited certain powers from the federal government, allotting it those it now enjoys (well, the only ones is should legally enjoy), leaving all other unassigned powers to the states.
The WorldNetDaily article makes an interesting point on this subject:
However, Pike said the authors of the new legislation have been clever, inserting in the proposal assertions that because five states do not have hate laws, the federal government has “no choice” but to “enhance federal enforcement of hate crimes.” That includes new ranks of federal agents to address the “serious national problem” that exists.
Worse yet, there are some key phrases that open doors wide that many people don’t want opened. For example, Pike said, the bill is to “prevent and respond to alleged violations,” meaning “the government does not even have to wait until a hate crime has been committed but may act pre-emptively to ‘prevent’ crime.”
Minority report, anyone? You’re scared of crime now, just wait until we have pre-crime.
Such legislation is a stepping stone for further federal involvement in restricting whatever is deemed by the authority as “hate speech” or a “hate crime”. Basically, if you say anything that those in authority deem inexcusable or offensive, it’s “hate”. Free speech, once a liberty guaranteed every U.S. citizen, has been thrown out the window.
Case in point: The phrase “natural family” is apparently offensive to gays, and a usage of this term would no doubt be considered by some (were H.R. 254 passed) as “hate”. In a world of increased PC, your words and actions may increasingly be considered as “hate” and therefore punishable by law under federal legislation.
I therefore take this opportunity (perhaps one of my last, should this legislation see the light of day) to defend so-called natural families, oppose homosexuality (yes, as a sin), advocate against abortion (in all but a select few circumstances), and promote all other social establishments and practices in harmony with divine law and mandate.