President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Act in October 2009, which expanded federal hate crimes legislation to include gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability.
'Member how when before Obama signed the Act, the American Family Association warned that the expansion of the federal hate crimes law was set to give "special protection status to pedophiles" and "30 different sexual orientations"?
And how anti-gay outlets such as the Traditional Values Coalition, Liberty Counsel, World Net Daily, Concerned Women for America, and the Digital Network Army also echoed this claim regarding the, what they referred to as, the "Pedophile Protection Act"?
And how Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber warned that the passage of this law would "muzzle" Christians and that it raises a "red flag" because "[r]enegade prosecutors and politically correct leftists" would get to "subjectively determine what is or is not a hate crime" and then move on to prosecution?
So, just for shits and giggles, I like to give a little status re: those claims.
So far, not a single pedophile or rapist has successfully used this law as a defense against hir crime. Although, who knows, maybe the Catholic Church is whipping up some sort of defense in that arena.
Nor has even one single Christian been prosecuted solely for uttering anti-gay speech.
I know, I know.
The law has only been in existence for 1 year and 8 months.
Given that The Leftists These Days are apparently prone to un-friending their rude right-wing Facebook friends, a sure sign of imminent dystopia, I suppose it's only a matter of time before the renegade prosecutors start rounding up the anti-gay Christians.