From the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow:
The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate but Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver says it passed without some senators realizing an amendment was added providing special rights for homosexuals and transgenders. He calls that amendment the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent.
“The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can’t stop them from coming the rest of the way in,” he explains. “And this would be the first time that you would have in federal law mentioning gender identity and sexual orientation as part of this anti-lynching bill.”
The bill was jointly introduced in the Senate by its three black members: Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Tim Scott.
Staver says he intends to lobby the US House to have the LGBT mention stricken from the bill’s text. Because not being murdered is a “special right.”
From the pertinent section of the bill:
If 2 or more persons, in any circumstance described in subparagraph (B), willfully cause bodily injury to any other person because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person—
“(i) each shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if bodily injury results from the offense; or
“(ii) each shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined in accordance with this title, or both, if death results from the offense or if the offense includes kidnapping or aggravated sexual abuse.
Contrary to Staver’s claim, I can find no sneaky “amendment” to the bill. The only LGBT mention is fully within the main text. (Tipped by JMG reader Brooks)