Just in from hate group leader Mat Staver:
Some media have falsely reported that Liberty Counsel is opposed to banning lynching, or, opposes banning lynching of LGBT people. Such reporting is false, reckless, and offensive. In fact, Mat Staver said, “No one can or should oppose a bill that bans lynching.” Staver continued, “We oppose lynching across the board for any person. Period!”
“The bill in question created a list of protected categories, thus limiting the application of the law. Lynching should be prohibited no matter the person’s reason for committing this violent crime,” concluded Staver.
Liberty Counsel has received death threats as a direct result of the false media narrative. One person, whose identity is being traced, said “All LC leaders must die.” The media and those with a political axe to grind must exercise caution when reporting or using social media. False reporting endangers lives.
In his interview with the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow, which is the source of this “false reporting,” Staver specifically says he intends to lobby the US House to have the LGBT “amendment” stricken from the bill’s text.
In fact, as I pointed out yesterday, there is no such amendment. The single mentions of sexual orientation and gender identify occur with the main text of the bill.
Now claiming that he merely wants no “protected categories” at all is laughable backpedaling.
Also known as lying.
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.
Yesterday Staver also claimed that the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act is the first time that sexual orientation and gender identity are mentioned in federal law. That’s a curious claim for somebody who so vigorously opposed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, which does exactly that.
From the Liberty Counsel’s 2009 press release:
Today, Liberty Counsel delivered more than 100,000 petitions from people across America, opposing the so-called Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The petitions were delivered on the day that President Barack Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, was scheduled to testify in favor of the Hate Crimes bill. If passed, this expansive bill would give “actual or perceived” “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” the same federal protection as race.