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  • Latest Action: Apr 28, 2009 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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  • 79% of users oppose S.909

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • This legislation seeks to expand upon 1969 U.S. federal hate-crime law by extending its scope towards bodily crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, in addition to the current provisions of bodily crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived race, color, religion, and national origin. It would also codify and expand the funding and investigative capabilities of federal officials for aiding their local counterparts. Senator Kennedy [D, MA] also introduced this legislation in the 110th Congress as a bill, which died in committee, and then as an amendment to the Senate Defense Reauthorization bill (H.R.1585), which was approved by a voice vote. However, this amendment was ultimately dropped due to opposition from antiwar Democrats, conservative groups, and former President George W. Bush. Contrastingly, President Obama has indicated that he aims to see this version of the bill passed. The companion legislation, H.R.1913, passed the House vote in April.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: This legislation seeks to expand upon 1969 U.S. federal hate-crime law by extending its scope towards bodily crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, in addition to the current provisions of bodily crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived race, color, religion, and national origin. It would also codify and expand the funding and investigative capabilities of federal officials for aiding their local counterparts. Senator Kennedy [D, MA] also introduced this legislation in the 110th Congress as a bill, which died in committee, and then as an amendment to the Senate Defense Reauthorization bill (H.R.1585), which was approved by a voice vote. However, this amendment was ultimately dropped due to opposition from antiwar Democrats, conservative groups, and former President George W. Bush. Contrastingly, President Obama has indicated that he aims to see this version of the bill passed. The companion legislation, H.R.1913, passed the House vote in April.

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    • Anti-Defamation League

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    • National Sheriffs' Association

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    • Matthew Shepard Foundation

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    • Human Rights Campaign

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    • Focus on the Family

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On May 09, 2009, by AntonGolovin - "The problem with this bill is that a state-mandated framework for eventually persecuting Christians is being silently put in place. If you do not begin to actively stand up now, your pastor, who recites the Holy Bible, and you, who listens to it and believes in it, will possibly end up in jail for inciting "hate". Notice the abstract nature of this word - "hate". Sounds like someone really hates Christians - with real hate - and wants us persecuted, just like during the times of the Soviet Union or the ten persecutions of the Roman Empire. Wake up now!!!" Please, do not delete this comment. It was in 1st place on this site. If this bill passes, all that remains is to insert a clause that criminalizes "incitement of hate". Then, the New Testament can be declared "hate literature", and pastors and God-fearing Christians sent to the gulags.

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      As noted by AntonGolovin, a user on OpenCongress.org, on May 09, 2009, ""The problem with this bill is that a state-mandated framework for eventually persecuting Christians is being silently put in place. If you do not begin to actively stand up now, your pastor, who recites the Holy Bible, and you, who listens to it and believes in it, will possibly end up in jail for inciting "hate". Notice the abstract nature of this word - "hate". Sounds like someone really hates Christians - with real hate - and wants us persecuted, just like during the times of the Soviet Union or the ten persecutions of the Roman Empire. Wake up now!!!" Please, do not delete this comment. It was in 1st place on this site. If this bill passes, all that remains is to insert a clause that criminalizes "incitement of hate". Then, the New Testament can be declared "hate literature", and pastors and God-fearing Christians sent to the gulags."
    • On May 09, 2009, by AntonGolovin - Ryan, I do indeed read that. However, I am not stating that the persecution of Christians would begin with the passage of this bill. However, I am very concerned that a series of laws have been, are being, and will be passed that will create a framework that will create a framework for persecuting religious organizations that preach the Bible, which speaks very clearly on the topic of homosexuals and the Jews. It is not hate to speak the truth: that the Jews crucified Christ, and that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.

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      As noted by AntonGolovin, a user on OpenCongress.org, on May 09, 2009, "Ryan, I do indeed read that. However, I am not stating that the persecution of Christians would begin with the passage of this bill. However, I am very concerned that a series of laws have been, are being, and will be passed that will create a framework that will create a framework for persecuting religious organizations that preach the Bible, which speaks very clearly on the topic of homosexuals and the Jews. It is not hate to speak the truth: that the Jews crucified Christ, and that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven."
    • On May 07, 2009, by fosocrom - please clarify what you just said. If I understand you correctly, you believe it is wrong for Christians to preach the Bible if it says, "Homosexuality is a sin." Am I right?

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      As noted by fosocrom, a user on OpenCongress.org, on May 07, 2009, "please clarify what you just said. If I understand you correctly, you believe it is wrong for Christians to preach the Bible if it says, "Homosexuality is a sin." Am I right?"

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • S.909: Private Investment in Commuter Vanpooling ... - OpenCongress - May 04, 2011 by opencongress.org - Fellow Christians, There is a “hate crimes bill” S.909 that was devised by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith in order to criminalize Christianity. Any Good Christian who stands up for traditional marriage or who . ... to permit certain

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      As noted by opencongress.org on May 04, 2011, "Fellow Christians, There is a “hate crimes bill” S.909 that was devised by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith in order to criminalize Christianity. Any Good Christian who stands up for traditional marriage or who . ... to permit certain" (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s909/show)
    • Bishop Fulton Sheen on Temptation - December 21, 2010 by 3steeplestreet.com - A hate crime bill designed to eliminate the free speech of traditional Christians has passed the House and is now in the Senate as S. 909. Anyone who is opposed to homosexual marriage will be considered a hate criminal and will be ...

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      As noted by 3steeplestreet.com on December 21, 2010, "A hate crime bill designed to eliminate the free speech of traditional Christians has passed the House and is now in the Senate as S. 909. Anyone who is opposed to homosexual marriage will be considered a hate criminal and will be ..." (http://www.3steeplestreet.com/2010/12/bishop-fulton-sheen-on-temptation/)
    • Penny Hill Press » Blog Archive » Hate Crime Legislation - December 13, 2010 by Penny Hill Press - Senator Reid, for Senator Kennedy, introduced the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (S. 909) on April 28, 2009. Senator Leahy successfully amended the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390) with language that is similar ...

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      As noted by Penny Hill Press on December 13, 2010, "Senator Reid, for Senator Kennedy, introduced the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (S. 909) on April 28, 2009. Senator Leahy successfully amended the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390) with language that is similar ..." (http://www2.pennyhill.com/?p=13660)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • - October 24, 2009 by Examiner.com - (S. 909: Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act). This is a great first step in protecting LGBT persons in this country. The next step for the Congress ...

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      As noted by Examiner.com on October 24, 2009, "(S. 909: Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act). This is a great first step in protecting LGBT persons in this country. The next step for the Congress ..." (http://www.examiner.com/x-24524-Central-Illinois-Gay-Issues-Examiner~y2009m10d25-Matthew-Shepard--James-Byrd-Jr-Hate-Crimes-Prevention-Act-passes-congress)
    • Definition of insanity - October 17, 2009 by RenewAmerica - S. 909 will broadly define the meaning of "intimidation." A pastor's sermon could be considered "hate speech" if heard by an individual who then acts ...

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      As noted by RenewAmerica on October 17, 2009, " S. 909 will broadly define the meaning of "intimidation." A pastor's sermon could be considered "hate speech" if heard by an individual who then acts ... " (http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hale/091019)
    • - October 17, 2009 by Canada Free Press - S. 909 will broadly define the meaning of “intimidation”. A pastor's sermon could be considered “hate speech” if heard by an individual who then acts ...

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      As noted by Canada Free Press on October 17, 2009, "S. 909 will broadly define the meaning of “intimidation”. A pastor's sermon could be considered “hate speech” if heard by an individual who then acts ..." (http://www.opposingviews.com/articles/opinion-activists-wait-for-senate-action-on-gay-hate-crimes-bill-r-1256078835)
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