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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (S. 1105)

The US Senate is expected to vote this week on the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (S. 1105) [To view the Full Text of the legislation visit: Full Text of Legislation].  This measure is similar to the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 that passed the House of Representatives on May 3, 2007.  The proposed legislation expands federal involvement in prosecuting bias motivated crimes by eliminating the requirement that victims be engaged in a federally protected activity such as voting.   And to the existing bias categories of race, color, religion and national origin adds four new bias categories of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. 

The measure wrongly continues to federalize crimes that are properly state and local jurisdictions. The proposed hate crimes bill is beyond the powers delegated to Congress by the United States (U.S.) Constitution and Congress continues to exacerbate errors of past Congresses by federalizing more criminal offenses by wrongly using the Commerce Clause to enact whatever legislation it deems to be in the best interest for America.  And the proposed legislation will not prevent a single crime. 

However, the measure is an initial stealth attempt towards government regulation of attitudes and beliefs and is too close to the notion of a thought of a crime.  And, it would eventually be used to silence the voices of people of faith who express their moral and Biblical concerns about such issues as homosexuality. 

Additional Reading:

Congressional hate-crimes  legislation is unnecessary. An attempt to criminalize speech

What Can You Do?  

Urge your senators to NOT SUPPORT   the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (S. 1105)

Contact Information:

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your senator's office.)

To go to your senators' websites, to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm  

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