Indeed, this (thank you Darrin Bell) is a perfectly pitched imitation of the real AGI in their frenzy over the Hate Crimes Bill, spread through breathless claims like these (compliments of Tom Paine):
[The Hate Crimes Bill] would “literally throw open the door to attacks against people of faith, who could be prosecuted with federal monies for expressing their views on homosexuality!”
[If the bill is passed], “which it will be in a very short time if Christians do not act, even witnessing for our Lord Jesus Christ will be a crime in America, as it is already in several countries around the world.”
In other words, it’s URGENT! It’s also a big, honking lie. Here is the actual bill, and a description from HRC of what the bill will do. It applies to physical violence, period. Idiocy about the “thought police” and such is intended for idiots who can’t be bothered to read bills:
“Through Street Theater, we hope to show that both Moses and Teletubbies can be outlawed under the same hate crimes bill,” said Eugene Delgaudio, the president of Public Advocate.
How badly are they lying? Let me count the ways.
Actually, just one way: They’re specifically contradicting the precise text of the bill. Which adds language, to avoid misunderstanding, to the effect that
Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the free speech or free exercise clauses of, the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Yes, the AGI is terrified of this bill, and no, they are not being honest about why. The truth is that encouraging our community to be bullied is their final, pathetic attempt to delay the moment when their prejudice is no longer considered socially acceptable. For that, they are willing to see us beaten, killed, and treated as if we asked for it. Here’s something you can do about it:
Join Us for Wine, Cheese, Warner & Webb – An Evening of Action
Help Support Federal Hate Crimes Bill
Join Equality Virginia, Equality Fairfax, the Human Rights Campaign and other progressive organizations for a fun and eventful evening as we take action to contact Virginia Senators Warner and Webb to support the GLBT community.
Tuesday June 19th
MCC Nova, Fairfax
10383 Democracy Lane
Fairfax, VA 22030
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The Hate Crimes Prevention Act is expected to be voted on by the Senate at the end of this month. The conservative right is making a HUGE push to defeat this critical legislation. Help us show the power of the GLBT community by taking action!
Evening begins at 7pm for wine and cheese as people gather. Then its time for action – just us for an evening of Wine, Cheese, Warner and Webb.
** Note Warner and Webb won’t be present — but after this evening of action they will know how much we care about passing this important legislation.