Where the Religious Right in this country is concerned there is no such thing as equal rights for gay citizens. Even something as innocuous as adding sexuality and gender to the Hate Crimes act is under challenge from these “divinely” inspired bigots. The Thomas More Law Center, which prides itself as the “Sword and Shield for People of Faith” is filing a law suit challenging the constitutionality of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
“Originally posted at Squarestate.net”
For those who are not familiar with the Thomas More Law Center, it one of the projects that billionaire pizza mogul Tom Monaghan has spent his money on since being bought out of Domino’s in 1998. One of his other projects is a Ave Maria School of Law and an Catholic gated community that ran aground of ACLU and was scrapped before it got off the ground.
Mr. Monaghan is, to put it plainly, a Catholic religious zealot. That his Thomas More Law Center is involved in trying to roll back the protections in the Shepard/Byrd act should come as no surprise. They have been involved in all kinds of litigation against providing equal rights for all citizens.
The Center is filing suit on behalf of three pastors and a private citizen. What exactly are they upset about? Here is what Richard Thompson the president of the center has to say about the case:
This is part of the list of political payoffs to homosexual advocacy groups for support of Barack Obama in the last presidential election. The sole purpose of this law is to criminalize the Bible and use the threat of federal prosecutions and long jail sentences to silence Christians from expressing their Biblically-based religious belief that homosexual conduct is a sin. It elevates those persons who engage in deviant sexual behaviors, including pedophiles, to a special protected class of persons as a matter of federal law and policy.”