Reading a piece of legislation is not the most difficult task in the world. Particularly HR. 1592. If you can read the New Testament and not be zoned out by the time you’re halfway through the “begats”, then surely you can grasp this.
So I think we can cast aside the notion that this is an honest mistake. LaSimba Gray is smart enough to know he’s not telling the truth when he tries to condemn Congressman Steve Cohen for his vote on HR.1592.
“The Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association stands in total opposition to any legislation that will silence or restrict freedom of speech on the part of the churches. It is our belief that the new Hate Crime Bill is a subtle attempt on the part of the gay community to further legitimize itself as an acceptable lifestyle.” – Commercial Appeal
HR. 1592 restricts acts of violence, not words from the pulpit. In this case, it doesn’t even restrict any actions that weren’t restricted before. It authorizes the US Department of Justice to assist in the investigation of hate crimes. And yes, it adds gender and sexual orientation to the reasons you cannot commit violence against people.
Now, were you planning on advocating violence against gays? I hope not. I’m no minister, but there’s just enough religion in my background to leave me thinking Jesus frowned upon such things.
If not, there is nothing in HR.1592 that restricts you in the least.
Are you men of God or men of violence? If the answer is “men of God”, then you can set your mind at ease by actually reading HR. 1592.