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Janne Myrdal, Published May 17 2009

‘Hate’ bill a priority of the left

Here we go again: A member of the North Dakota congressional delegation has voted in a way that defies the will of his constituents, favoring the wishes of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., above those of North Dakotans. Surprised? Not really.

Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., voted in favor of HR 1913, the Hate Crimes Bill, which gives people with nontraditional sexual behaviors special rights under the law, defying the First Amendment rights of all Americans. And that’s not to mention the trampling and the federal power grab against the 10th Amendment that this bill may eventually produce as it attempts to include interstate commerce language in its definitions.

Interesting enough, the North Dakota Legislature defeated a similar, though a lot less radical, bill this spring.

Shamefully, S909 is named after Matthew Sheppard who was brutally murdered during a drug- money-gone-bad situation in Wyoming. He happened to be a homosexual, which, by the way, had nothing to do with the crime. The evil thugs who killed him in cold blood both received life sentences for their crime. Prosecution to the fullest extent of the law!

With a bill like S909 shortly coming to the U.S. Senate, they are looking to create a “sacred cow” society in which any and all chosen sexual behavior will constitute special protection under the law. This creates unequal rights and is a blatant attempt by a few radical left-wing groups to silence the moral majority in this great nation.

Oh, and how about trying to figure out when and if a “hate crime” has been committed? Are juries and judges now going to have to be mind readers? Is not all crime by definition motivated by hatred?

This current bill pending in the U.S. Senate asserts that current law is inadequate to address the problem of sexual orientation biases. Are they saying that the 14th Amendment is not good enough as it clearly asserts equal protection under the law for all citizens? As when hearings for a similar bill came up in Bismarck this spring, the proponents of such legislation have yet to come up with any evidence that they are not equally protected under law.

This entire issue has been turned into an emotional roller coaster by the far left, assuming that all who oppose it are homophobic hate-mongers lacking in love and compassion. The opposite is actually true. One can just watch the present media slaughter of Miss California, who honestly and lovingly expressed her beliefs on similar matters. Where are her First Amendment rights?

This issue is not a matter of liking or not liking a person of different sexual orientation, it is rather a question of law and constitutional protection for all citizens, regardless of how they choose to behave in the bedroom.

It will surely be fascinating to watch Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., as they will face a vote on this bill in the U.S. Senate shortly. Will they give in to pressure from the liberal left minority, or will they take a look at the bill with the common sense and dignity of their constituents? Will they represent North Dakota or will they follow the likes of Sen. Harry Reed, D-Nev., Frank and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.?

Myrdal is state director of Concerned Women for America of North Dakota.