House Passes 'Combating Anti-Semitism Act Of 2017' To Expand Hate Crime Laws, PenaltiesChris Menahan
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Even though hundreds of death threats called into Jewish centers last year were shown to be carried out by an Israeli-American teenager living in Israel, the House just voted 402-2 in favor of the "Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017" to expand hate crime laws and penalties against "religiously affiliated institutions."
The only two congressmen to vote against the act were libertarian republicans Justin Amash and Thomas Massie who have actual principles and care about the Constitution.
The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council on Monday praised the passage of the bill:
NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council praises the passage of the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017 (H.R. 1730) by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, adopted by a vote of 402-2, would expand coverage of federal hate crimes laws protecting houses of worship to include religiously affiliated institutions, and would send a signal of no tolerance for hate crimes against people of faith.According to the FBI's report on 2016 Hate Crime Statistics, anti-white hate crimes are the fastest growing racial hate crimes in America, jumping 19.34 percent in just one year from 2015 to 2016.
I wonder why they left that factoid out?
The bill amends P.L. 104-155, the Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996, expanding it to include religiously-affiliated institutions, such as schools and community centers, in addition to houses of worship already under the scope of its protections. The bill also amends the statute to encompass threats against, as well as acts that result in damage or destruction to, religious real property. Further, it enhances the penalty for intentional damage to religious real property from the current one year (misdemeanor) to three years (unless there is bodily injury to a person, in which case the penalty is higher).Only one news article has been written about the legislation.
To put this bill in context, Brittany Covington, who plead guilty to a hate crime for live streaming the torture of a young, disabled, white teenager along with her three African-American friends was just given probation and community service.
Meanwhile, a Florida man just got 15 years in prison for leaving bacon inside a mosque.
Why the hell is our Republican congress voting to expand these unconstitutional hate crime laws?
If they're genuinely so concerned about these "hate crime" threats, why aren't they passing a bill to expand the penalties for hate crimes against white people, as the FBI says that's the fastest growing threat in America?
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