Mass. Senate to vote on draconian bill to punish criticism of homosexuality with fine & jail term
Sneaked language into unrelated school "anti-bullying" bill.
Apparently aimed at MassResistance!
POSTED: March 10, 2010
Massachusetts may be on the verge being another "first" in America which could spread to other states.
On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate votes on a bill containing draconian language that would criminalize criticism of homosexuality published on Web sites and other media with fines of up to a thousand dollars and imprisonment.
The language was apparently added to specifically target MassResistance which has publicly exposed many the homosexual and transgender movement's outrageous activities, largely funded by tax dollars, particularly regarding children. In addition, MassResistance has angered the homosexual lobby with hard-hitting State House testimony at several public hearings in recent months, and embarrassed legislators by posting videos of their anti-family remarks at State House functions and photos of them at gay lobbying events. A few weeks ago the Senate President's office called our office about a photo and comment we posted from the "transgender lobby day". To put it lightly, they're not too happy with us.
The bill would write following into the Massachusetts General Laws:
"Whoever publishes any false material whether written, printed, electronic, televised, or broadcast with intent to maliciously promote hatred of any group of persons in the commonwealth because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, or disability shall be guilty of libel and shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both."
This is very extreme. Similar laws have been used in Canada and other countries to snuff out critical reporting on the homosexual movement and severely prosecute offenders. Note that the word "hatred" is not defined and is thus completely subjective. And "false material" lays the burden of proof on the accused, under the judgment of a court or tribunal. So even the threat of a long, expensive trial is enough to silence just about everyone.
The strategy of labeling of people with traditional values as "haters" (or "hate groups") and their reasoned arguments (or normal reactions to blatant perversion) as "hatred" is offensive and detestable. But the Massachusetts Legislature seems to have no problem with that.
Language apparently added at last minute by committee chairmen
This was included as a separate unrelated section of bill S2283, which is a very troubling bill overall. It is a comprehensive school "anti-bullying" bill which is being heavily promoted by the homosexual lobby and other special-interest groups.
The bill, S2283, titled "An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools", was drafted last month by the Joint Education Committee. Bill S2283 is a consolidation of sixteen anti-bullying bills filed at the beginning of the session, according to the State House website. The public hearing for those bills - at which MassResistance testified - was on Nov. 17, 2009.
However, (1) none of those sixteen bills had this extra language in it. Moreover, (2) the entire bill except for that section deals with students relating to other students regarding "bullying" in schools. But that section addresses the entire population regarding "hatred" of classes of people.
This was clearly put in afterwards, for the specific purpose of stopping groups like MassResistance.
The language appears to have been added to the bill by chairmen of the Joint Education Committee, Rep. Martha Walz (D-Boston) and Sen. Robert O'Leary (D-Barnstable), who have publicly taken responsibility for the content of the bill. Both of them have significant anti-family voting records and were visibly hostile during the public hearings that MassResistance testified at. In addition, they've been working closely with the coalition of special-interest groups pushing the "anti-bullying" bill, which includes the major homosexual and transgender lobby groups.
There have already been instances in Canada where even posting passages from the Bible has been considered "inciting hatred" and brought trials and punishment on people of faith. Here's just one example: "Canadian “Human Rights” Commissions Bear Down on Christian Clergymen".
This is the direction that the homosexual movement wants to take America. And Massachusetts is their starting point. They are targeting MassResistance now -- but who is next?