02-22-2007, 02:18 PM
U.S. Justice Department to Tackle Religious Discrimination (http://christsassembly.com/watchman_news_reporters/YaBB.pl?num=1172153729/0#0)</span>
doubt anyone really wants to go to the government when they've been so
persecuted out of something. I would think the Government would
actually use that against us if we said we were persecuted for a
religious belief, we'd probably go into an FBI file as a religious
fanatic they should watch. Maybe I see right through this one, maybe I
do not. )
Associated Press Writer
Wed, Feb. 21 2007 10:20 AM ET
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Justice Department is launching a program
to enforce protections against religious discrimination, Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales announced Tuesday.
Freedom Project would increase education about religious discrimination
by holding a series of training seminars throughout the country over
coming months, Gonzales told leaders of the Southern Baptist
Gonzales said he also plans to create a
Religious Freedom Task Force, which will review policies and religious
discrimination cases. He said he doesn't know how much the program will
"One of our most cherished freedoms ... is our
religious freedom," he said. "It is a fundamental part of our nation's
The first training seminar will be held in Kansas
City, Mo., in March, followed by seminars in Tampa, Fla., in April and
Seattle in May. Other dates and locations will be announced later.
As part of the new program, the Justice Department is setting up a Web site, http://www.firstfreedom.gov, (http://www.firstfreedom.gov,/) with information on enforcement and how to file a religious discrimination complaint.
Gonzales said a new report shows that the Justice Department has looked
into more religious discrimination cases under the Bush administration.
For example, he said cases of religious discrimination in education
increased from one case reviewed and no investigations to 82 cases
reviewed and 40 investigations.
The report on Enforcement
of Laws Protecting Religious Freedom highlights the number of religious
discrimination cases reviewed or investigated by the Justice Department
for fiscal years 2001-06 compared to 1995-2000. It details religious
discrimination cases involving employment, housing, credit, public
accommodations, public facilities and other areas.
period studied, housing- and credit-related cases grew from four
investigations and one lawsuit to 18 investigations and six lawsuits
while religion-related appellate friend-of-the-court briefs rose from
one to 16.
The Justice Department also reviewed 118 cases
and 26 investigations related to land use issues since the enactment in
2000 of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which
aimed to protect property rights of religious institutions. </span>
02-22-2007, 02:52 PM
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When grandmas go to jail for witnessing (http://christsassembly.com/watchman_news_reporters/YaBB.pl?num=1172156707/0#0)</span>
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Posted: February 7, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Janet Folger
Arrested for sharing the Gospel? An expected outcome in North Korea,
China or any Muslim country on the globe. But in Pennsylvania? Yep.
Arlene Elshinnawy, a 75-year-old grandmother of three, and Lynda
Beckman, a 70-year-old grandmother of 10 (along with nine others), were
arrested for sharing their faith on the public sidewalk in
Philadelphia, Pa., USA. They faced 47 years (the rest of their lives)
in jail for spreading the Gospel because of a Pennsylvania "hate
crimes" law that is nearly identical to H.R. 254 – the "hate crimes"
bill reintroduced in Congress and said to be on the "fast track" in the
House Judiciary Committee. This is the same bill that previously passed
both the House and Senate and was killed only because of Republican
leadership opposition in conference – something we no longer have.
Don't believe hate crimes will silence your freedom of speech and freedom of religion? Think again.
Pastors in Pennsylvania are now seeking liability insurance to protect
themselves from being prosecuted under the "hate speech" law. That's
right. They are reacting to Pennsylvania's addition of "sexual
orientation" to the state's hate crimes laws. Of particular concern was
the expansion of the definition of "harassment" to include "harassment
by communication" – which means one could be convicted based upon
spoken words alone.
(Column continues below)
Their fear is a rational one. Hate crimes invariably lead to fines and
jail time for those who "violate" them. Just ask Sweden's Pastor Ake
Green. Green faced jail time for the content of his sermon. He read
from Romans Chapter 1 – something that is no longer legal in Sweden.
The "hate crimes" – or more appropriately, "thought crimes" – bill is
the single most dangerous bill in America. Along with its companion,
the "Employment Non-Discrimination Act," or ENDA – "Thought Crimes for
your Business"– is expected to pass this session of Congress. Bow to
the homosexual agenda – endorse, embrace, subsidize and celebrate it –
or go out of business. That's what it did to the largest and most
respected adoption agency in Boston, Catholic Charities, who, by
refusing to place vulnerable orphans in homosexual homes, was forced to
close its doors. England's about to get a dose of the same.
But you don't speak out about homosexuality, you say? Think you're
safe? Think again. Here are just a few examples I've highlighted my
book, "The Criminalization of Christianity," where you'll find a whole
Protest Islam? That's a hate crime!
Maybe it had something to do with Sept. 11. Maybe it had something to
do with the beheadings. Maybe it had something to do with what is
written in the Quran. But Canadian Pastor Mark Harding doesn't believe
the Muslim religion is one of peace. So when his local high school
started handing out copies of the Quran and announced a policy of
setting aside a room for Muslim students to pray during school hours,
Pastor Harding protested. Didn't think it was a good idea – especially
since Christian, Jewish and Buddhist kids weren't afforded the same
After losing an appeal to Canada's Supreme
Court Oct. 17, 2002, Harding was said to have "willfully promoted
hatred" in violation of Canadian law that had just passed six months
earlier. He was then forced to undergo two years probation and 340
hours of "community service" at the Islamic Society of North America in
So, for the "crime" of handing out
leaflets protesting a high school's pro-Muslim policy, Pastor Harding
was ordered to do community service to further the very religion he
Harding, an evangelical Protestant, says
his evangelism is motivated by love for the Muslim people (rather than
hate). In fact, in a phone call used as "evidence" against him in the
trial, Harding verbalizes that he loves them. He says he wants them to
go to heaven. Yet he received more than 3,000 hate-filled calls – many
of them death threats. Some motioned by running their finger across
their neck from ear to ear. Upon entering court for his trial, he
required police protection from a large crowd of Muslims who were
chanting, "Infidels, you will burn in hell." Of course, that speech is
Harding said, "I had a call from someone who said
they were from (Louis) Farrakhan's (Nation of Islam) group, and they
were going to break my legs." Adding, "Another caller said he would rip
out my testicles." Can't you just feel the love?
instead of just "stuffing envelopes" to promote the Muslim faith, his
punishment included Islam indoctrination under the direction of
Mohammad Ashraf, the general secretary of the Islam center. Under
penalty of going to jail, Harding was forced to undergo Islamic
"re-education," which included reading a book called "Towards
Understanding Islam," by Sayyid Abul A'la Maududi, which provided a
description of one who does not follow Islam, referred to as an infidel
or a "kafir":
"Such a man ... will spread confusion and
disorder on the earth," the book says. "He will, without the least
compunction, shed blood, violate other men's rights, be cruel to them,
and create disorder and destruction in the world. His perverted
thoughts and ambitions, his blurred vision and disturbed scale of
values, and his evil-spelling activities would make life bitter for him
and for all around him."
"It was obvious that he intended
to make sure I understood that I was a kafir," said Harding, who was
forbidden from voicing any objections or saying anything negative about
Islam or its prophet, Muhammad.
Harding, who had been
prevented from speaking publicly about his case under a gag order, told
WorldNetDaily: "He said he was my supervisor, and if I didn't follow
what he said, he would send me back to jail."
has suffered four heart attacks since 1997 and is unable to work in his
cabinet-making trade because of his poor health. Yet he must travel
three-hours to the Islamic Society of North America to complete his
sentence. His attorney has entered a plea based on humanitarian
grounds, due to her client's poor health, to allow him to complete his
sentence at an Islam Center closer to his home. Isn't that nice?
Perhaps, if he's lucky, he can be indoctrinated closer to home.
And speaking of indoctrination, thanks to the city council in
Hamtramck, that shrill siren from Muslim mosques is now blasted five
times a day just outside of Detroit. Whether your child is sleeping or
you're on an important call, for about 15 minutes every day it's going
to sound like a tornado drill outside your suburban Detroit home or
business beginning at 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. so the Muslims will know
when to pray. But if you were to ring church bells – which typically
play music for two minutes once a week – in a Muslim country, you could
California 'hate crimes' law – pro-lifers automatic suspects
"Hate crimes" bill, SB 1234, was signed into law by California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Sept. 22, 2004. SB 1234 creates a new hate-crime
training requirement for law enforcement called "multimission criminal
extremism." In addition to those categories already considered for
special punishment under the term "hate crimes," the new multimission
criminal extremism training adds "anti-reproductive-rights crimes."
That means if you are pro-life, you are an automatic suspect, and law
enforcement is being specially trained on how to handle you. I wonder
what that special "multimission criminal extremism" trains officers to
look for. "Anti-reproductive-rights" T-shirts? Those who've passed
"anti-reproductive rights" laws? Those who've debated the
"anti-reproductive-rights" position? If I lived in California, I have a
feeling my picture would be found at the local post office. If you
think killing children is wrong, they're training people against you,
This law also expands "crimes" to include "speech"
interpreted as "threats, intimidation and coercion." As long as a
"victim" claims the speech makes them "feel" "intimidated," violators
will be liable to penalties of $10,000-$25,000 and a year in jail.
"[And] any person who says they are 'fearful' because someone has said
homosexuality is wrong could have the speaker arrested and jailed,"
according to James Hartline, California pro-family activist.
This will be used to criminalize expressions of biblical truth about
homosexuality as "hate speech" and could very well target not just
organizations who disagree with homosexuality, but Christian bookstores
that carry books like "The Criminalization of Christianity" or another
book already ruled to contain "intimidating" beliefs: the Bible.
I agree with James Hartline who was quoted saying: "This is the worst
bill ever put before the California Legislature – and that's saying a
And now it's about to go federal: the "hate crimes"
bill in Congress will pave the way for the very same thing. If you are
for "hate crimes" legislation, you are also for the persecution of
Christians. It's a package deal. There is no longer any doubt; that's
exactly where it leads. Just ask Arlene Elshinnawy and Lynda Beckman.
If we are to stop this freight train aimed at our freedom from passing
in Congress, we must work together and speak in a unified voice.
Faith2Action and the Christian Interactive Network have reserved the
website: www.StopHateCrimesNow.com (http://www.stophatecrimesnow.com/)
that features Arlene and Lynda's stories in two 30-second television
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And if your organization is willing to link to www.StopHateCrimesNow.com (http://www.stophatecrimesnow.com/)
, you will keep all your names and all new names generated. But most
importantly, by sounding the alarm together, we have a chance of
If the "hate crimes" bill or ENDA is passed by
Congress, we are ready for Phase 2: sending veto pens to the president
with individualized messages urging a veto.
One thing's for
sure, if you value your freedom, you need to use it now. Yes, you have
the right to remain silent, but if you use it very much longer, those
are precisely the words you, your pastor, business owner or grandmother
will hear before seeing the inside of a prison cell.</span>
02-28-2007, 01:47 AM
I just sent that last article out to my email list. Thanks for posting it. This hate crime legislation is so dangerous for so many reasons.
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