Gohmert Still Thinks Hate Crimes Bill Criminalizes Christianity

It’s been nearly six years since the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was passed and Louis Gohmert still thinks that it’s going to be used to arrest ministers for preaching the gospel and criminalize Christianity in general.

The government will eventually use the hate-crimes law, he said, to charge Christians who quote the Bible with “hate speech.”

“I mentioned some years back that hate crimes, eventually, somebody is going to bring that up when a Christian says, ‘I believe what Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, the life, nobody goes to the Father but through me,”’” Gohmert said. “That is hate speech. You’re saying that nobody else but you goes to Heaven? That’s hate speech. I mean, this is where it ultimately goes if we’re not free to say what we believe and have disagreements about it without being shot.”

So what’s the holdup, Louis? We’ve had more than five years of this law already, during a time when, according to you, the White House is occupied by a Marxist who wants to destroy Christianity and is probably the Antichrist. What’s he waiting for, Louis? And by the way, there is no such thing as hate speech as a legal matter and the hate crimes law did not change that.

See, when you make these predictions and they don’t come true, at some point you ought to just admit that you were full of shit. You said the same thing in 2009 and predicted that preachers would be frog-marched out of the pulpit en masse. There is not a single case of that happening, nor could there be because the law does not allow anything remotely like that. How long before you admit that you were just spreading paranoid bullshit? Never, of course. Being a far-right paranoiac means never having to admit you were wrong about anything. You simply move on to the next tall tale of impending doom and none of your followers will notice because they are as disconnected from reality as you are.

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  • blf

    So what’s the holdup, Louis?

    FEMA’s only just now finished enough camps to hold the first round of detainees, which will be rounded-up by Jade Helm 15. Government contracts & bidding process, cheapest bidder, time & cost overruns, the usual hiccups…

  • cry4turtles

    They have to teach FEMA employees to lasso properly. Cuz yer gatsta be reel curful when lassin Merkins. Dem doggies cen gets up fast!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    The first and third words in this headline do not go together, thus invalidating the second word as well.

    As for the last five words, doesn’t that depend on your definition of “christianity”?

  • raven

    The government will eventually use the hate-crimes law, he said, to charge Christians who quote the Bible with “hate speech.”

    Hate crimes aren’t legal. They never were anyway.

    Hate speech is perfectly legal. And always has been.

    1. There is one group that always opposes hate crime laws. Fundie xian ministers.

    2. They know their perversion of xianity is based on hate. They know if they can’t preach hate, they have nothing to say.

    3. Gohmert at least realizes the bible is full of hate and hate speech. What he doesn’t realize is that this isn’t a point in its favor. As a holy book with anything worthwhile to say, it is definitely the bottom of the barrel.

    4. The xian god of love and light is mostly a recent invention. That god isn’t dead but he isn’t doing so well either.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Just think how he’d scream if someone finally decided to start taxing churches.

  • John Pieret

    Charles C. Haynes, a prominent First Amendment scholar has an article, “Say what you want, hate-crimes bill protects free speech,” on why Gohmert and his ilk are full of shit:

    http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/say-what-you-want-hate-crimes-bill-protects-free-speech

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    To be fair, the bible does contain a lot of hate speech.

  • frankgturner

    @ raven #4 and sigfurd #7

    Gohnert knew about the hate speech in the Bible since he began. What he doesn’t want is EXACTLY what the Catholic church didn’t want, for their constituents (i would say parishioners but I think religion is politics) to ALSO realize that. Too many of those become atheists and agnostics.

  • carpenterman

    @ raven #4, sugfurd #7, frankgturner #8

    I’ve long said the shortest route to atheism is through the Bible. Part of the reason the Church has long opposed universal access to information and education, all the way back to the invention of the printing press. It’s a lot easier to hold people in thrall to a holy book when most people can’t read it for themselves, leaving the priests free to cherry pick whatever verses they think will best serve their agenda. And you can find a verse to support nearly *any* agenda: that book is a seething mass of contradictions and mixed messages.

  • scott

    Part of the problem is that he can’t crawl out of his own belief system long enough to understand that we don’t care if he thinks the boogeyman’s going to get us for not going to his church. It’s not a hate crime if the consequences are made up- only if actual reality happens to someone.