In September, for the first time, the House of Representatives voted to add “sexual orientation” to federal hate-crimes law. A companion bill is pending in the Senate, which has passed similar legislation before. Observers believe this measure soon will be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, paving the way for a Senate vote shortly thereafter.
Carlson noted that in both Canada and Sweden similar laws have been used to punish expression. In Sweden, in 2004, Pentecostal Pastor Ake Green was sent to prison for a month for a 2003 sermon in which he described homosexual acts as “abnormal, a horrible cancerous tumor in the body of society.” The Christian Democratic government of Slovakia formally protested Green’s imprisonment.
In the Canadian province of Alberta, Rev. Stephen Boissoin is being threatened with thousands of dollars in fines by the province’s Human Rights Tribunal, for writing a letter to the editor decrying public school indoctrination in favor of the gay lifestyle.
Said Carlson: “While it’s presented to the public as a way to stop physical attacks on gays, adding so-called sexual orientation to existing hate-crimes law could be used to crush dissent. After all, gay activists have told us repeatedly that objections to homosexuality spawn anti-gay violence. It then becomes a short step from adding an extra punishment for physical acts to penalizing controversial views.”
In the past, hate-crimes laws have been based on race, religion, ethnicity or sex – mostly immutable characteristics. If homosexuals are added to federal law here, for the first time a protected class would be designated solely on the basis of sexual behavior.”
Said Carlson, “Homosexuality isn’t biologically determined. The much-touted search for a ‘gay gene’ of several years back has elicited no scientific evidence. While everyone’s rights should be protected, and physical attacks on individuals should always be punished, the purpose of adding gays to hate-crimes laws is to suppress dissent and legitimize conduct which all of the world’s great religions view as immoral.”
Carlson added that civil-rights laws for gays will promote curricula which seek to indoctrinate children in the view that all forms of sexual expression are equally valid. “But the future of society and civilization is based exclusively on one relationship – the monogamous relationship of a man and a woman, sanctified by law and tradition,” Carlson declared. “For Congress to pass such legislation is a move fraught with danger – for families and society.”
Dr. Carlson is founder and convener of the World Congress of Families (WCF). At WCF III in Mexico City, in 2004, more than 3,300 delegates from around the world adopted The Mexico City Declaration, an international declaration of principles affirming the natural family as the fundamental unit of society.
To date, World Congresses of Families have been held in Prague (1997), Geneva (1999) and in Mexico City last year. World Congress of Families IV is planned for Warsaw in 2007. For more information visit www.worldcongress.org.
The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society is an independent, non-profit research and education center that strives to be the leading source of fresh ideas and new strategies for affirmation and defense of the natural family, both nationally and globally. The Howard Center is also the founder and organizer of the World Congress of Families project which unites people of goodwill who recognize that the family is the fundamental unit of society and coordinates the efforts of pro-family groups from more the 60 countries worldwide.
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