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SPLC: Anti-Gay Christian Group Lies to Raise Funds

February 6, 2011

Another anti-gay group is twisting the truth and outright lies to create fear and increase it’s funding. The Christian Seniors Association claims the Hate Crimes Prevention Act by it’s inclusion of sexual orientation as a protected class essentially outlaws Christianity.

The fact is, it does nothing of the sort.  The group claims that it makes ‘free speech’ a target of the act.  That’s an outright lie.   It’s aimed directly at attempted acts or acts of bodily injury.  Not the right to share your opinion.



The Christian Seniors Association (CSA), a front group of the TVC [Traditional Values Coalition], recently sent out a fundraising letter claiming that the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA) of 2009, which added sexual orientation to the classes protected by federal hate crime legislation, “makes the Bible illegal ‘Hate Literature.’” The letter further claims that “under this law, criticism of homosexuality is deemed discrimination — just like racism,” and ultimately, the intent of the law is to “outlaw Christianity.”

The HCPA, signed into law by President Obama on Oct. 28, 2009, applies to deliberate acts (or attempted acts) of bodily injury or death through the use of “fire, a firearm, a dangerous weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device” because of an actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

Contrary to the CSA’s claims, the law does not apply to constitutionally protected speech, which includes religious beliefs. The HCPA, in its effort to address the concerns of religious leaders, couldn’t have stated it more clearly: “Nothing … in the law shall be construed to prohibit any constitutionally protected speech – including the exercise of religion protected by the first amendment.”

via Anti-Gay Christian Group Uses Deception to Raise Funds — Again | Hatewatch | Southern Poverty Law Center.