Tuesday, July 31, 2007
South Texas College CrimProf Drury Stevenson recently discussed proposed hate crime legislation in Congress that has some religious groups crying foul and some in the legal community questioning its necessity.
The American Family Association in June launched an e-mail campaign in opposition to companion bills in the House and Senate that would create a national hate crime law that seeks to protect victims of crime based on their "sexual orientation," among other categories.
"House bill H.R. 1592 and Senate bill S.B. 1105 would make negative statements concerning homosexuality, such as calling the practice of homosexuality a sin from the pulpit, a 'hate crime' punishable by law," the AFA
e-mail states. "This dangerous legislation would take away your freedom of speech and your freedom of religion."
"I think both sides of the debate have overstated their case," said South Texas College CrimProf Drury Stevenson with expertise in church-state issues. "I think the proponents have exaggerated ideas about how much difference the laws will really make, and the opponents are overstating how much interference there will be with normal church activities.
"It's just another chapter of the culture wars, where both sides are more worried about the principle of the thing than they are about the real results." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]