May 3, 2007 ( – The nation’s largest public policy women’s group is asking President Bush to commit to a veto of a “hate crimes” plan that, as WND has reported, opponents fear would target Christians and be used to demolish both freedom of speech and religion in the United States.

“Last week the House Judiciary Committee, egged on by radical homosexual groups, passed what can only be called a Thought Crimes bill,” said former White House insider Chuck Colson in his Breakpoint commentary. “It’s called the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. But this bill is not about hate. It’s not even about crime. It’s about outlawing peaceful speech – speech that asserts that homosexual behavior is morally wrong.”

The call for the veto promise came from leaders at Concerned Women for America, who said they have written to the president with their request, because Congress is poised to approve H.R. 1592 as early as today…

He said that’s known because during debate over the plan, U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., offered an amendment to assure that the law would not be used to limit the religious freedom of any person or group, and majority Democrats on the committee refused it.

“It also refused to adopt amendments protecting other groups from hate crimes – like members of the military, who are often targets of verbal attacks and spitting. They also shot down amendments that would protect the homeless and senior citizens … Nothing doing, the committee said – the only group they wanted to protect: homosexuals.”

“Clearly, the intent of this law is not to prevent crime, but to shut down freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of thought,” he said…

And Bishop Harry Jackson, chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, said the plan, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Protection Act of 2007, is no more than “a surreptitious attempt by some in Congress to strip the nation of religious freedom and the ability to preach the gospel from our church pulpits.”

“It will stamp all over our doctrine and practice of our faith,” he said. “We believe what the Bible says. If you start there we’ve got a major problem.”

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See also:

US House Passes Gay Hate Crime Bill
Christian leader warns of attempts to ‘silence the voice of the church’