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October 23, 2009

Today was another milestone in American legislation.  The controversial bill H.R. 2647, or the Hate-Crime Law, received final approval in congress. 

Passing the Senate by a vote of 68 to 29, it took the original 1968 law, passed after the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., to new heights.  Now, homosexuals will be protected from…well, that remains to be seen. 

“Hate crimes are wrong and that’s why they are already illegal,” said Senator Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican. “There’s no such thing as a criminal thought — only criminal acts. Once we endorse the concept of a thought crime, where will we draw the line?” Quote from Brian Faler,”

If indeed the senator is correct, we have entered a new era of censorship in this country.  Some believe there is no cause for concern.  No one would take it to the extreme level.  But how can we be so sure?  Isn’t our country resorting to many extremes now and haven’t they in the past?  Our world is changing.  It is no secret that much of the gay and lesbian community has been hostile to Christians and has actively pursued a same-sex information agenda in many of our schools – particularly in California.  Some are concerned that the passing of this bill will attempt to put pastors who speak out against this intrusion in a precarious position – hanging between the Word of God and the threat of criminal charges.  Congressman Wally Herger stated on his blog:

“I’m also deeply troubled that the measure could subject religious leaders or groups to criminal investigations or prosecutions for nothing more than expressing their constitutionally-protected beliefs.  In the event of another ballot initiative like last year’s Proposition 8 debate, under the legislation passed by the House today, individuals who speak out against certain behavior could potentially be accused of “hate speech,” which in turn could lead to allegations of “hate crime” offenses.”

Yes, it is no doubt that the Christian community, especially preachers of the Word of God, could eventually find themselves in the Valley of Decision – the world or the Word.  But should we despair? NO!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NASB)

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