From Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council.
“Freedom. Liberty. Justice. Equality. These are a few of the cardinal principles our nation’s forefathers stood upon over 230 years ago as they resisted the oppression of British authority. Their fervent desire to guard the truths they held to be self-evident is why we celebrate our nation’s independence every. So what truly is independence in our nation today?
As we reflect on the Judeo-Christian beliefs our American government was built upon, let us be ever-vigilant against eroding liberties we have long valued and practiced. Americans, even today, are having their freedoms threatened because of their religious beliefs and association. Left-wing extremists are slowly and methodically challenging the liberty of those who speak out against homosexual behavior. Through so-called “hate crime” laws, our nation, like others before it, is moving toward the creation of the un-American offense of “thought crimes” and other curtailments of the freedom of speech.
In October 2004 a small group of Christians, the “11,” were arrested and spent a night in jail for preaching the Gospel at a gay pride event. Although the charges were ultimately dismissed, the intimidation of these citizens was purposeful. As Dr. D. James Kennedy has warned, expanded hate crimes laws have the potential to “shut down churches and send pastors to prison for simply reading a part of the Bible.”
How should we respond? Family Research Council, along with Coral Ridge Ministries, invites you to order a copy of our new video, “Hate Crimes Laws”: Censoring the Church and Silencing Christians. This provocative 40-minute video, which I had the honor to host, features disturbing and examples of how hate crimes laws trample free speech, muzzle broadcasters, and intimidate pastors in country after country.
With a donation of any amount, you can obtain this DVD and discover how even the very same Bible our forefathers leaned on to build this great nation is now being deemed “hate” literature. The time has come for every citizen to take action. Violent crimes are despicable, and their perpetrators deserve swift and certain punishment, but the purpose of “hate crime” laws is to attribute violence to certain ideas as a way of attacking and ultimately outlawing those ideas, among them, that homosexual conduct is wrong and unhealthy.
If hate crime laws proliferate, the independence we celebrate this July 4th will be limited to those who promote homosexuality. Please click here to order your copy of “Censoring the Church and Silencing Christians. Watch it and share it with your neighbors, family, and friends.
Our freedom to speak is the cornerstone of our political liberties. On this 4th of July, help us spread the word.”