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Fight hate crimes - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
One person's lack of comprehension does not equal another's consent.
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Fight hate crimes
As with my last (similar) post here, this is an online campaign you can support with just two clicks (especially if you already signed up last time)

Please watch this video and sign the online petition.

(those friends of mine on OKCupid might want to check out my nearly identical post there, which has already receive a comment there. I really don't know how she meant what she said, but I take it to mean that I should not let a little gay bashing upset my calm)

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amazon_42 From: amazon_42 Date: June 20th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Done.

I'm also on the American Family Association mailing list (don't ask...) and you should see what they're telling people about this legistlation...
fixx From: fixx Date: June 21st, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Link?

I can just imagine. They probably feel that it is a threat to the safety of their children and their God-given right to stone gays.
amazon_42 From: amazon_42 Date: June 21st, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, would you believe they're selling it as a form of censorship, as it will somehow prohibit pastors from teaching certain bible verses, such as the infamous Leviticus "abomination" verse?

I'm thinking...how does that work?

I'll send you the link as soon as I get another one of their lovely missives. They also have a complete congress/senate watch, that allows you to send nastygrams to each member who votes against the AFA's "interests". I use it to send thank you notes.
fixx From: fixx Date: June 22nd, 2007 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that using their "hate mail" system to send thank you notes is BRILLIANT!

Let us hope they don't join PFAW and other such services use their systems to send hate mail.

If the right wingnuts are upset about action taken by such organizations as PFAW as outlined below, it is not surprising they fear (justified or not) that a hate crime bill might even limit what they can teach in church. The example below details how hate was essentially being taught as part of a "Bible History" class in Florida public high schools.

In 2000, People For the American Way Foundation's expose of "Bible History"-teaching in Florida public high schools documented stunning material in exams and lesson plans, including:

* Why is it hard for a non-Christian to understand things about God?
* Q. Who, according to Jesus, is the father of the Jews? A. The Devil


Personally I cannot believe Jesus, who was himself a Jew, taught that "The Devil" was the father of the Jews. I will say though that if I was taught that in a Bible History class, it would only serve to make me think less of Jesus, but then that's from my perspective where Jesus is not "god".

I'm really getting offended at these fundamentalists pushing stuff into the school system in the name of morality. If you teach high school students that jews are The Devil's children, what possible "moral" outcome can that have?
amazon_42 From: amazon_42 Date: June 22nd, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm...Interesting, as most fundies are borderline Zionists. They believe that the state of Israel is one of the precursors to the Second Coming, ergo the Rapture, etc.

Thus, our moronic state policies on Israel, and in fact most of the Middle East, since 1948.
wouldyoueva From: wouldyoueva Date: June 21st, 2007 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Do these online petitions do any good at all? I know the ones you physically sign are generally ignored.

Since I've lived in Maryland (29 years, 1.5 months) my reps have either been the type who would NEVER support this, or the type who enthusiastically support it.

However, I understand that actually making an appointment to visit you representative in Congress is a bit more effective. Where do you live, again?
fixx From: fixx Date: June 21st, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually I'm not even sure that our votes are counted correctly in presidential elections. I do know that I often receive some sort of form letter response from the politicians these online petitions go to.

This morning I receive the following:

From:
senator@mikulski.senate.gov
To:
[fixx]
Subject:
Re: www_email
Date:
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 04:02:38 PM

Dear
[fixx]:

Thanks for getting in touch with me regarding your strong support for the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (S. 1105), which is also known as the Matthew Shepard Act. It = s good to hear from you.

I want you to know that I find crimes based on any prejudice to be unacceptable and offensive. I believe every American is entitled to live in an environment where people are treated fairly and with the dignity they deserve. That is why I have always been a strong supporter of legislation that protects individuals' civil rights and it's why I am an original cosponsor of S. 1105. In fact, I have been a cosponsor of legislation to fight hate crimes for the past fifteen years.

S. 1105 would strengthen federal enforcement of hate crimes. Specifically, this legislation would expand the reach of the law to include hate crimes committed on the basis of race, skin color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability of the victim.

S. 1105 is currently pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Knowing of your views will be helpful to me should this legislation come before the full Senate for debate.

Thanks again for contacting me. Please let me know if I can be of help to you in the future.

Sincerely,
Barbara A. Mikulski
United States Senator

P.S. If I can be of further assistance in the future,
please visit my website at http://mikulski.senate.gov
or call my Washington D.C. office at 202-224-4654
amazon_42 From: amazon_42 Date: June 21st, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never known if they did or not, but I know for SURE that NOT doing anything will NOT do any good.

I also write personal letters. An outdated art form, to be sure, but when I send something "hand cancel", stamped with my personal wax seal and signed with walnut ink and a flat-nib dip pen... (Ah, the skills I learn in the SCA)

THAT gets me a letter back EVERY time. I have dozens. Which means SOMEONE read them.
fixx From: fixx Date: June 21st, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is wisely written, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

I read that quote many years ago but forgot who said it. I googled it today and found it on a Zionist website. :-)

Something I found tended to get extra attention during the era predating good ink jet printers or affordable laser printers was to use a daisy wheel printer and DENRIL art velum instead of paper. My theory is that printing on semi transparent plastic causes everyone to touch it to pay it more respect and pass it around. You just can't throw away anything that looks and feels so cool.

Well that was then. In the years since I did that I've received fancy junk mail printed the same way. It really does get more attention though.
fixx From: fixx Date: June 22nd, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
today I received this:

From:
"Senator Ben Cardin - Do not reply to this message" <senator@cardin.senate.gov>
To:
[fixx]
Subject:
Re: Support the Matthew Shepard Act
Date:
Friday, June 22, 2007 01:22:28 PM

Dear Mr.
[fixx]:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about hate crime legislation. The hate crime debate presents many complex questions about freedom of expression and the protection of civil rights.

On April 12, 2007, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) introduced S. 1105, the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act." The bill provides federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes and for other purposes. Specifically, the bill provides the Department of Justice with the power to investigate and prosecute bias- motivated violence by providing the Department with jurisdiction over violent crimes where the perpetrator has selected the victim on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

On May 3, 2007, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1592, Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, by a vote of 237-180. The Senate bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. As an original co-sponsor of the bill and a member of the Committee, I will urge my fellow colleagues to quickly pass this legislation. I remain especially committed to ensuring that attacks specifically motivated by an individual's race, religion, or sexual orientation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Please be assured that I will give your thoughts careful consideration. Thank you for contacting me and please feel free to contact me again for any further assistance.


And I should add that I did not customize the letter at all, but used only the default. Regardless of how I do it, I'm making my wishes clear as someone in this politician's district and someone who would likely not re-elect him if he screwed this one up.
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