Well, that didn’t take long.
To many, it may seem premature to confront head-on the agenda of the new president, in the initial days dedicated to celebrating his political success and the peaceful transition of power in our republic.
But, sad to say, in the marriage of President Obama’s political destiny to that of these United States, it’s Mr. Obama who chose to cut short the honeymoon.
No sooner had he finished speaking of his fellow Americans in his inaugural address as a people who “have chosen hope over fear [and] unity of purpose over conflict and discord” than his staff posted, on the White House Web site, a virtual declaration of war against those who oppose the demands for special rights and privileges by those who engage in homosexual behavior.
It is the swiftness of the onslaught, not the scope of the agenda, which surprises. Repeatedly, during the campaign, Mr. Obama affirmed in speeches and on his Web site his wholehearted support for the homosexual legal and political agenda. Now, that agenda has moved en masse to the front and center of the new president’s parade of “change.”
As posted, the agenda includes:
· Expanding the definition of, and ramping up the penalties for, “hate” crimes.
On its face, that may sound reasonable…except that punishing “hate” requires the creation of second-class victims. Every violent crime is rooted in hate, and every victim deserves equal justice. “Hate crimes” laws create a two-tiered justice system where some victims are “more equal” than others. What elevates these victims above others? The mere broadcast of a preference for certain sexual acts.
Violence is an action; hate is an emotion. “Hate” crimes laws erase that distinction. How do you defend yourself against charges that you “hate” someone? Who gets to decide what “hate” is? How long before simply reading a passage from the Bible is a “hate crime”? Indeed, the passage of “hate crimes” laws inevitably leads to persecution for ideas that favored “victims” abhor. Yes, even in America.
Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.