Christian lawyer wants gays excluded from anti-lynching bill

Christian lawyer wants gays excluded from anti-lynching bill January 9, 2019

For more than a century, there have been a number of unsuccessfully attempts in the US to make lynching a federal crime.

Well, success was at last attained last December when the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act was passed unanimously by the the Senate.

The Act outlines the specific act of lynching – a mob killing without legal authority – and would add lynching to the federal list of hate crimes.

This has gravely displeased lawyer Mat Staver, a nobody until he hit the big time with his involvement with the notorious Kim Davis case. That made him a media darling, and a hero in the eyes of conservative Christians. Ever since the posturing ninnyhammer has been poking his nose into a variety of issues involving LGBT rights with twisted facts and outright lies.

Mat Staver and Kim Davis via YouTube

Example: His “shady” hate group Liberty Counsel tweeted a photo of rally in Peru at which 100,000 purportedly gathered in support of Davis. In truth it was an image from 2014 that had nothing whatsoever to do with the the crazy witch. Later Liberty Counsel said:

The photograph presented to Mat Staver was an honest mistake.

The reason he’s so pissed off with the new act is that it includes protections for LGBT people as well as ethnic minorities. In addition to “race, colour, religion, and national origin”,  the law also covers crimes against “gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability” motivated by hatred.

This, says Staver, is the thin edge of a wedge that would give gays protections in other areas:

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. 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.

Liberty Counsel has previously admitted helping state Republican lawmakers to draft anti-LGBT legislation, as well as attempting to push anti-LGBT laws around the world.

In designating Liberty Counsel as a hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center points out:

With the expansion of equal rights for LGBT people, especially, the Liberty Counsel has come into their own, working to attempt to ensure that Christians can continue to engage in anti-LGBT discrimination in places of business under the guise of  ‘religious liberty’.

Through lawsuits and its annual Awakening conference in Orlando, the Counsel attempts to enforce the idea that Christian beliefs and law trump all other law.

Staver told fundamentalist Christian news outlet OneNewsNow that he is lobbying lawmakers in the House of Representatives to have the LGBT language removed from the law.

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  • Tawreos

    What a fucking asshole. He is OK with gay people being lynched just to keep them from being protected anywhere else. Maybe he should try to build an actual law practice instead of basing his whole career off of hating gay people.

  • daved

    With the Democrats now in control of the House, I don’t think Staver’s lobbying is going to get him very far.

  • Raging Bee

    This is really gonna piss off and alienate Staver’s first famous client. Kim Davis has said she LOVES gay people! There’s no way she’ll support this sort of hatred!

    I crack me up sometimes…

  • Götterdämmerung

    So many Christians, too few Lions…

  • “…the first time that you would have in federal law mentioning gender identity and sexual orientation…”? I guess he’s never heard of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, or the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (“…actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability…”), to give just two examples.

  • Snakeheaded Banshee

    So we’ve gone from slippery slopes, a euphemism virtually everyone comprehends, to an expression about camel noses nobody has ever heard of. Was letting cats out of bags taken? Do people not ring bells any more? Was his imagination so constrained by coming up with new forms of hate he couldn’t invent something more modern like “You can’t un-send that text, people!”

  • fifthdentist

    “Liberty” Counsel.
    You keep using that word…

  • fifthdentist

    If we can’t kill fags and men dressed as women, what good is it being a Christian?

  • fifthdentist

    It will keep the checks coming in. That’s as far as he needs to go.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    The phrase has been around for quite some time. I’m sure Mat Staver would be totally unconcerned to know that it was snuck into English use by Arab Muslims.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Oh, come on! They are already banned from smoking, drinking, gambling, and dancing. If you take lynching away, what’s a good Christian left to do on Friday nights? Sheesh, and you blame Evangelicals for being opposed to fun.

  • John Pieret
  • John Pieret

    And [cough] transgender people too.

  • Michael Neville

    It’s liberty for me but not for thee.

  • NWaff

    Why does the need need to identify any people group? Nobody should be lynched. And please, Southern Poverty Law Center is an anti-Christian hate group.

  • WallofSleep

    The only reason he would be speaking out against their inclusion is if he has designs to destroy the U.S. and its Constitution and in its place institute a dominionist theocracy which allows the death penalty for simply being gay.

  • WallofSleep
  • Jim Jones

    I think we should lynch him by the balls until he has a change of heart.

  • B.A.

    Sadly,that’s just what the Nazis did. They murdered gay men in the concentration camps.

  • WallofSleep

    Wait, you mean the American evangelical claim that the nazis were gay/pro-gay was a complete lie? I… I don’t know what to believe anymore!
    /s

  • B.A.

    They also claim that Hitler was pro-choice and atheist.

  • fifthdentist

    Duh, that’s what us good, Bible-bleevin’ Christians call them — men dressed as women.
    You know, like Jesus and his 12 male companions.
    Wait, ignore that last sentence.

  • alverant

    “Southern Poverty Law Center is an anti-Christian hate group.”
    Evidence please!

  • Ruthitchka

    I wouldn’t put it past him or a number of politicians, either.

  • KARELLEN OVERLORD

    As a gay Transman, I say we counter this jackass by making it legal to lynch HIM instead. He’s advocating what amounts to the right to MURDER anyone even suspected of being gay. What the frell is this–Saudi Arabia? Russia? Oh, wait a sec here….

  • KARELLEN OVERLORD

    Why? It’s the truth, isn’t it?

  • KARELLEN OVERLORD
  • KARELLEN OVERLORD

    Are you sure he has any?