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posted by June 19 at 12:05 PMon
Hutch and others seem to be worried that the proposed new federal Hate Crimes legislation would prevent them from saying whatever they want about gays during their Sunday sermons.
The Gay Curmudgeon dissects this argument, pointing out that unless a minister is directing his or her flock to commit actual acts of violence, it’s highly unlikely that he or she would face any punishment.
Andrew Sullivan has been eloquently ambivalent about the issue of hate crimes legislation (he opposes all hate crimes laws) and is worth a read to get up to speed on this, the Christianists vs. Gays clash du jour.
The one truly incoherent position is that hate crimes laws are fine for all targeted groups except gays. Gays are among the most common victims of hate crimes, and straight people are also targeted for being gay even when they’re not. If you’re going to buy the whole concept of hate crimes, it makes no sense to exclude gays - none.