The new federal hate-crimes law -- designed to eradicate the belief that homosexuality or transgenderism is abnormal or sinful -- was chosen as the number one anti-Christian act of 2009 by the Christian Anti-Defamation League, the CNS News website reports today.
Attorneys who defend religious rights agree: The recently enacted hate-crimes law is a threat to religious liberty.
"The very fact that this law elevates 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' to the same protected status as race -- that in and of itself is a cataclysmic shift in policy," said Matthew Staver, president of the religious liberty law firm Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University Law School.
That is contrary to our Judeo-Christian heritage and beliefs, far beyond any particular disclaimer that is not going to affect speech," he added. The hate-crimes law was sponsored by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).