I haven’t done a “Stupid Things People Say About Gays” in a while. Lots has been happening, but there’s certainly no shortage of stupid things people are saying. Here’s the latest from the AFA (American [heterosexual only] Family Association):
Congress is set to give legally protected status to 30 sexual orientations, including incest. Because of pressure from homosexual groups, Congress has refused to define what is meant by sexual orientation in H.R. 1913, the “Hate Crimes” bill. This means that the 30 different sexual orientations will be federally protected classes.
Come on now… how much more ridiculous can you get. Someone call Bullshit already…. ok, “BULLSHIT!” Here’s the actual text of the bill, which states what a “Hate Crime” is:
[A Hate Crime ] is [a crime] motivated by prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim, or is a violation of the State, local, or tribal hate crime laws.
Now, because I like to play God’s Advocate and show this in a more telling light, I’ll be the first to admit that “sexual orientation” is not currently legally defined by the Hate Crime’s legislation; however, to argue that “incest” is a sexual orientation rather than a sexual act is completely bogus, speculative and would never hold up in any legitimate argument – not that the AFA is renowned for “legitimate” arguments. Generally, when the law fails to specifically define a term, the term is given its “usual and customary meaning.” In this case, sexual orientations usual and customary meaning is:
One’s natural preference in sexual partners; predilection for homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality. [sexual orientation. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved April 28, 2009, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sexual orientation]
One may note that neither the word incest nor bestiality is referenced in the usual and customary definition of sexual orientation.
The AFA has also made claims that the Hate Crimes legislation would prevent preachers from preaching homosexuality as a sin in church; however, they obviously have not read the bill which is very specific in defining hate crimes as a “crime of violence” a term defined by Section 16, Title 18 of the United States Code:
The term “crime of violence” means:
(a) an offense that has as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, or
(b) any other offense that is a felony and that, by its nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense.
Therefore, unless the preacher specifically uses, attempts to use or threatens the use of physical force against a person or their property, they can say whatever they want. If you are a member of a church that does use, threatens to use or attempts to use physical force against ANYONE, I highly suggest you realize that only SATAN would allow such treatment and consider a new church that has not been infultrated by Satan in the guise of God. Remember, “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”