Read the former NBA player’s comments here. If nutty Rep Sheila Jackson Lee’s thought crimes legislation succeeds he could. Jackson Lee’s anti Hate Crimes bill has some secondary effects that perhaps even the deep thinking Jackson Lee doesn’t appreciate. As the Reverend Ted Pike of the National Prayer Network says it could reach clear into the pulpit:
“There’s plenty wrong with that!” he said. First, the Constitution does not grant federal government the “police state privilege” of being your local law enforcement. “Unless the government finds evidence of slavery in the states, jury tampering, voter fraud, or crimes involving interstate commerce (where jurisdiction is unclear), the Constitution’s message to the federal government is blunt and emphatic: ‘Butt out of local law enforcement!'”
However, Pike said the authors of the new legislation have been clever, inserting in the proposal assertions that because five states do not have hate laws, the federal government has “no choice” but to “enhance federal enforcement of hate crimes.” That includes new ranks of federal agents to address the “serious national problem” that exists.
Worse yet, there are some key phrases that open doors wide that many people don’t want opened. For example, Pike said, the bill is to “prevent and respond to alleged violations,” meaning “the government does not even have to wait until a hate crime has been committed but may act pre-emptively to ‘prevent’ crime.”
Jackson-Lee’s proposal states that “the incidence of violence motivated by the actual or perceived … sexual orientation … of the victim poses a serious national problem,” and that “disrupts” communities. Since “existing federal law is inadequate” and “such violence affects interstate commerce” and “violence motivated by bias that is a relic of slavery can constitute badges and incidents of slavery,” the thought police plan is needed.”
And as for Hardaway he’s been “banished” from the NBA PR gig he had and “banished” from All Star activities. Isn’t it better for the marketplace of ideas to determine that Hardaway is an idiot than for this piece of legislation be responsible for his jailing?
Further in a World Net Daily news site, (a conservative site) there were several examples of how laws like this around the world have resulted in jailing people for ‘thought crimes.’
Two Christians in Australia have been indicted for criticizing Islam, and another for criticizing Zionism. A filmmaker has been threatened with arrest for using the word “homosexual” rather than “gay.” Now a German priest faces jail time for publicly criticizing abortionists, and in Holland, “fornicators” and “adulterers” are protected classes and cannot be criticized.
Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth, noted that in Canada and France both, legislators have been fined for publicly criticizing homosexuality. Three years ago, a Swedish hate crimes law was used to put Pastor Ake Green, who preached that homosexuality is a sin, in jail for a month.
…And recently, a British couple told how they were denied the chance to adopt because it was determined that their Christian faith might ‘prejudice’ them against a homosexual child put in their care,” LaBarbera added.”
This is what political correctness gets you. The better part of valor is to let intelligent men and women do the smart thing for themselves. If they choose to say something stupid the marketplace of ideas will determine if there’s any worth in what they have to say.