Thursday, January 12, 2012

Suing For the Freedom To Hate

God is making them do it.

A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati is taking up the claim of three Michigan ministers that a federal hate crime law infringes on their First Amendment rights and should be declared unconstitutional.

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The law expands federal hate crimes to those committed against people because of sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The ministers say they could be targeted for their sermons against gay behavior. The law’s supporters say it’s aimed at acts of violence, not speech by clergy. A lower court judge dismissed the lawsuit last year.

Here’s a thought: if your religious practices run afoul of hate crimes, the problem just might be your religion and not the law. Think about it.