April 26, 2007, on this blog: Unwanted
The anti-anti-, i.e., pro-hate-crime talking point favored by Sheldon and his colleagues on the religious right is the idea that this will somehow lead to pastors being thrown into jail for preaching that homosexuality is a sin. It’s a “slippery-slope” argument that has no basis — and doesn’t claim any basis — in the text of the law itself. Nor does it have any basis in experience: Hate crime laws pertaining to racist motives are already on the books, yet none of the racist CHINO pastors still preaching their “curse of Ham” blasphemies has ever been prosecuted. Bob Jones III is still a free man.
So is Lou Sheldon dumb enough to believe his own slippery silliness, or is he just being dishonest to further his political agenda? Hard to say. But any question that begins with “is Lou Sheldon dumb enough …” I’m inclined to answer yes.