Rev. Ted Pike reported
last night in one of his indispensable e-alerts that the Hate Crime bill
signing, supposedly set for Wednesday, is still
in jeopardy because Congress also attached the $100 million F-35 jet engine project to the defense bill, despite Obamaâ€™s threatened veto.
Personally, I find it hard to believe that Obama would choose budget restraint over throwing a bone to his coalition of crazies, although he did show commendable irritation when harrassed about playing basketball with CongressMEN (â€?I gotta say I think this is bunkâ€?
). But you never know.
As I pointed out
after the Holocaust Museum shooting, this legislation will certainly metastasize
into an attack on political speech. Two recent atrocities from Britain show how it will be done:Grandmother who objected to gay march is accused of hate crime
, by Andrew Levy, London Daily Mail
, 26 October 2009.
(She wrote a letter to her local council objecting to its permitting a Gay Pride parade and was investigated by police).Motorist told flag could be racist
, by Charley Morgan, Wiltshire Times
, 23 May 2008.
(He had the England flagâ€“the red cross of St Georgeâ€“inside his car
and was told it â€?might be offensive to immigrantsâ€?