HR 1592 - U.S. or U.S.S.R.?
As Ol' BC contemplates the amnesty efforts for illegal aliens, another issue leaps front and center without much fanfare. Nikita Khrushchev said the U.S.S.R. would bury us without firing a shot. He may have been prophetic. As communism fails all over the world, we here in the United States seem to want to try our best to join the ranks of those failed countries, U.S.S.R. included.
This bill leans heavily towards the old U.S.S.R. where you were not allowed to speak freely. Here it is referred to as a "thought crime." Hmmm. Violates the first amendment? Not much mention of that.
Congressman Mike Pence from Indiana offered the important amendment on Freedom
of Religion. “Nothing in this section limits the religious freedom of any person
or group under the constitution.”
A number of Republicans spoke in support of
it. But the Democrats Jerrold Nadler, Tammy Baldwin and Chairman John Conyers
kept evading the issue.
Finally, Congressman Gohmert asked, “If a minister
was giving a sermon, a Bible study or any kind of written or spoken message
saying that homosexuality was a serious sin and a person in the congregation
went out and committed a crime against a homosexual would the minister be
charged with the crime of incitement?”
Gohmert was attempting to clarify and
emphasize that the legislation would have an effect on the constitutional right
to religious freedom and thus the Pence amendment was needed to protect
The Democrats continued to explain why they could not
accept the amendment. Lundgren continuously shot down their answer. He said,
“What is your answer? Would there be incitement charges against the pastor?”And
finally Democrat Congressman Artur Davis from Alabama spoke up and said,
Not exactly the foundation this country was founded upon? Not exactly.
Just an observation.