According to Donald Wildmon of the AFA:
We have confirmation that a vote on the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Bill (S.909) will happen this week. It is likely the bill will be introduced as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill. If the Senate approves the Hate Crimes amendment, President Obama will sign it into law.
The Hate Crimes legislation would authorize the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute certain bias-motivated crimes based on the victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Even more troubling is that S.909 could create special protections for pedophilia and other "sexual orientations" from the definition of "sexual orientation" by the American Psychiatric Association.
The reality is that the purpose of this bill is to SILENCE those who speak out against homosexuality. If the legislation passes, IN SEARCH OF THE LORD'S WAY and preachers in the church could be prosecuted under the federal inducement statute for preaching the Biblical view of homosexuality. For instance, a person could commit an act of violence against a homosexual individual and blame it on a sermon! Similar laws have been used to prosecute religious speech in the US at the state level and abroad.
We call upon all our friends to call their US Senators and speak out against this legislation, which would rob us all of our religious freedom to speak the Truth about homosexuality. Please TAKE A STAND and CALL today!!
Mack Lyon and Phil Sanders