NEWS — Family group urges Michigan House to defeat "hate crime" bill

Homosexual activists seek criminal prosecution of pastors,
others who publicly oppose homosexual political agenda

Family group urges defeat of “hate crime” bill

Judges endorsed by homosexual activist groups may agree
with strategy to treat religious speech as “abetting” violence

LANSING, Mich. — With the state House of Representatives set to vote on the issue as early as Wednesday, a statewide family values group and its national affiliate Monday urged tens of thousands of Michigan residents to contact lawmakers in opposition to a bill that would create special “protected class” status for individuals who engage in homosexual behavior or cross-dressing and special enhanced prison sentences for crimes committed against them.House Bill 4836, introduced by Rep. Robert Jones, D-Kalamazoo, is scheduled for a public hearing and vote Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., with a vote by the full House possible any time thereafter.

The American Family Association in an e-mail alert Monday said the legislation violates “the principle of equal justice under law…and would mean that a criminal who attacks a senior citizen, pregnant mom, or small child would be punished less severely — with a shorter prison sentence — than someone who attacks a grown man, if that grown man is involved in homosexual behavior or cross-dressing. The notion that some victims are worthy of greater protection than others, especially if it’s based on their choice of sexual behavior, is simply outrageous.”

Gary Glenn, Midland, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, also said HB 4836 poses a serious threat to religious free speech rights, citing the use of such “hate crime” laws in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. to prosecute Christians merely for speaking out against homosexual activists’ political agenda.

“In Michigan, homosexual activists openly admit they want to see pastors and others who speak out against the homosexual agenda criminally prosecuted as ‘accessories’ any time a violent crime is committed against an individual who’s involved in homosexual behavior or cross-dressing,” the AFA e-mail alert said.

Glenn cited a Saginaw News report of its interview with prominent homosexual activist Jeffrey Montgomery, former executive director of the Triangle Foundation, a Detroit-based homosexual lobby:

“Jeffrey Montgomery is calling out the political extremists and religious fundamentalists whose rhetoric, he says, has fueled a steady rise in hate crimes against gays and lesbians. ‘We’ve seen an increase in vitriolic, vociferous, vehement, demonizing rhetoric against gays and lesbians,’ said Montgomery… ‘The vocal anti-gay activists should be held accountable as accessories to these crimes because, many times, it is their rhetoric that led the perpetrators to believe that their crimes are OK.’ …If a criminal borrows a gun and then uses it to kill someone, the law considers the gun owner an accessory to the crime. So, too, are the people who own the words that incite violence, Montgomery said.” (“Triangle exec decries violence” by Lania Coleman, p. 4A, The Saginaw News, April 27, 2005)


He also cited a report by State News, the Michigan State University student newspaper, which quoted another prominent homosexual activist — former Triangle Foundation director of policy Sean Kosofsky — as saying: “We personally believe that the AFA may support the murder of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people.”

Glenn also cited a news release issued by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2007 which accused him and Cardinal Maida of Detroit — merely by having publicly disagreed with homosexual activists’ political agenda on marriage and other issues — of being responsible for inciting the alleged beating death of a homosexual senior citizen in Detroit.

“It is appalling hypocrisy for (Glenn and Maida) to pretend that their venomous words and organizing have no connection to the plague of hate violence against gay people, including the murder of Mr. Anthos,” the NGLTF statement said.

Glenn said homosexual activists and their political allies — including Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who condemned the purported “hate crime” on the U.S. Senate floor — were later embarrassed when Detroit police announced they had found no evidence of any assault and the Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled Anthos suffered a blow to the head after falling due to arthritic paralysis of his neck. (See Associated Press, March 28, 2007:

The statements by Montgomery, Kosofsky, and NGLTF “make clear that homosexual activists hope to sell society and the courts on their repressive view that anyone who dares publicly disagree with their political agenda should face the threat of being criminally prosecuted, and they’re not beyond fabricating false ‘hate crime’ claims to do it,” Glenn said.

According to the AFA e-mail alert, a provision of already existing state law could be used by homosexual activists and their allies in the judiciary to justify such prosecutions.

Michigan Code Section 767.39 states: “Every person concerned in the commission of an offense, whether he directly commits the act constituting the offense or procures, counsels, aids, or abets in its commission may hereafter be prosecuted, indicted, tried and on conviction shall be punished as if he had directly committed such offense.”

The word “abet” means “to encourage.”

“If HB 4836 becomes law,” Glenn said, “we have no doubt that there are openly homosexual or sympathetic judges in Michigan who agree with the Triangle Foundation’s propaganda strategy of accusing anyone who speaks out against their political agenda of being guilty of ‘encouraging’ criminal activity any time a crime is actually committed or falsely alleged to have been committed against an individual involved in homosexual behavior or cross-dressing.”

Glenn cited as examples of judges likely to share the Triangle Foundation’s legal strategy:

* Openly homosexual 36th District Judge Rudy Serra, Wayne County, a former member of the Triangle Foundation’s board of trustees, and 57th District Judge William Baillargeon, Allegan County, a former member of the Triangle Foundation board of advisors.

– Serra:

– Baillargeon:

* Triangle Pride PAC, the Triangle Foundations’ affiliated political action committee, also endorsed the following sitting judges in the 2008 election: 15th District Judge Chris Easthope, Washtenaw County; 46th District Judge William Richards, Oakland County; 91st District Judge Elizabeth Church, Chippewa County; Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, Oakland County Circuit Judge Mary Ellen Brennan, Wayne County Circuit Judges Connie Kelley and Lynne Pierce, and Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper.

* Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway “supports (homosexual and cross-dressing) rights and issues and was strongly endorsed by” Between the Lines, a homosexual activist newsmagazine in Detroit. Circuit Court Judges Christopher Yates and Donald Shelton were also endorsed by Between the Lines in 2008, as were District Court Judges Bill Richards and Elizabeth Church.

* Ingham County Circuit Judge Joyce Dragunchuk — whose 2005 ruling in support of homosexual activists’ lawsuit against the state Marriage Protection Amendment was overturned by the Michigan Court of Appeals — was endorsed by both Triangle Pride PAC and another homosexual activist group, the Lansing Association for Human Rights.


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