Friday, May 01, 2009

Now is Time To Put Pressure on Our Arkansas Senators on Hate Crime Bill

The Hate Crime Bill passed the House this week. Arkansas Rep. Boozman (R) and Ross (D) voted against it, Snyder (D) voted for it, and Rep Berry (D) abstained from voting.

Now is the time for an outcry directed toward our two Senators. Sen. Edward Kennedy just introduced his federal hate bill, S. 909, which is certain to be moving rapidly to a vote . In 2007 five senators received so many contacts they changed their vote on the hate crime bill and voted No on it. In 2007, the margin in the Senate was not large enough to override Bush's veto. If the citizens convince the Senators before they make a commitment on the vote, we have a lot better chance of getting them to switch their votes.

Senator Lincoln co-sponsored the hate crime bill in 2001 and in 2007, voted to add sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes in 2000 and 2002, and voted against the federal marriage amendment in 2006.) However, the state hate crime bill has been rejected by the Arkansas legislature nine times.

Lincoln is not representing the citizens of Arkansas. Arkansas is the only state in the South where both senators, Senator Blanche Lincoln and Senator Mark Pryor, voted against the constitutional ban of same-sex marriage amendment even though an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution defining marriage as between a man and a passed with 75 percent of the vote. See this link for documentation of these facts and more information.

The homosexual organization, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) self proclaimed as the largest gay and lesbian organization, rated only 11 senators higher than Lincoln and Pryor. HRC made this statement about the hate crime bill in 2007, which reportedly is same as bill in 2009, "The bill adds sexual orientation and gender identity... hate violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people."

This hate crime bill of 2009 expands the hate crime bill to add sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes. Here are the American Psychiatric Association's list of disorders which fall under "sexual orientation or gender identity." These would be federally protected under HR 1913: We keep hearing that homosexuals are born that way; and therefore, their behavior should be acceptable. Should all the following behaviors also be acceptable? Are they born that way too?

*Apotemnophilia - sexual arousal associated with the stump(s) of an Amputee
*Asphyxophilia - sexual gratification derived from activities that involve oxygen deprivation through hanging, strangulation, or other means
*Autogynephilia - the sexual arousal of a man by his own perception of himself as a woman or dressed as a woman
*Bisexual - the capacity to feel erotic attraction toward, or to engage in sexual interaction with, both males and females
*Coprophilia - sexual arousal associated with feces
*Exhibitionism - the act of exposing one’s genitals to an unwilling observer to obtain sexual gratification
*Fetishism/Sexual Fetishism - obtaining sexual excitement primarily or exclusively from an inanimate object or a particular part of the body
*Frotteurism - approaching an unknown woman from the rear and pressing or rubbing the penis against her buttocks
*Heterosexuality - the universal norm of sexuality with those of the opposite sex *Homosexual/Gay/Lesbian - people who form sexual relationships primarily or exclusively with members of their own gender
*Gender Identity Disorder - a strong and persistent cross-gender identification, which is the desire to be, or the insistence that one is, or the other sex, "along with" persistent discomfort about one’s assigned sex or a sense of the inappropriateness in the gender role of that sex *Gerontosexuality - distinct preference for sexual relationships primarily or exclusively with an elderly partner
*Incest - sex with a sibling or parent
* Kleptophilia - obtaining sexual excitement from stealing Klismaphilia - erotic pleasure derived from enemas
*Necrophilia - sexual arousal and/or activity with a corpse
*Partialism - A fetish in which a person is sexually attracted to a specific body part exclusive of the person
*Pedophilia - Sexual activity with a prepubescent child (generally age 13 years or younger). The individual with pedophilia must be age 16 years or older and at least 5 years older than the child. For individuals in late adolescence with pedophilia, no precise age difference is specified, and clinical judgment must be used; both the sexual maturity of the child and the age difference must be taken into account; the adult may be sexually attracted to opposite sex, same sex, or prefer either
*Prostitution - the act or practice of offering sexual stimulation or intercourse for money Sexual *Masochism - obtaining sexual gratification by being subjected to pain or humiliation Sexual *Sadism - the intentional infliction of pain or humiliation on another person in order to achieve sexual excitement
*Telephone Scatalogia - sexual arousal associated with making or receiving obscene phone calls *Toucherism - characterized by a strong desire to touch the breast or genitals of an unknown woman without her consent; often occurs in conjunction with other paraphilia
*Transgenderism - an umbrella term referring to and/or covering transvestitism, drag queen/king, and transsexualism
*Transsexual - a person whose gender identity is different from his or her anatomical gender *Transvestite - a person who is sexually stimulated or gratified by wearing the clothes of the other gender
*Transvestic Fetishism - intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving cross-dressing
*Urophilia - sexual arousal associated with urine
*Voyeurism - obtaining sexual arousal by observing people without their consent when they are undressed or engaged in sexual activity
* Zoophilia/Bestiality - engaging in sexual activity with animals


Blogger Arkansas Hillbilly said...

You are a very sad man. I pitty you.

11:05 AM, May 05, 2009  
Blogger Arkansas Hillbilly said...

Let me see if I get this straight (no pun intended):

You oppose this measure because you feel that homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism are abberations from the norm, personal choices and icky. Really good basis for an argument.

The Hate Crimes bill is there because crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people are on the rise and have been in recent years. These violent acts strike fear into the communities affected by them. They are no different from Terrorism in my book.

You are again posting a "straw man" argument here by comparing so many different things. You forget to mention that since the 1970's, homosexuality is NOT listed as a disorder by the APA. It is not listed as a disease by the American Medical Association either.

I wish you and your ilk would get off your high moral horses for a bit and sit a spell with the folks you keep demonizing. Your constant talk about them as deviant, disordered, etc. has contributed to the problem of violence and the threat of violence that these people face EACH AND EVERY DAY! When was the last time you wondered if the person walking behind you and your significant other was going to beat you, murder or rape you? When was the last time you worried about losing your job because you lived with your significant other? When was the last time your parenting skills were questioned simply because you were heterosexual?

This is insanity. Homosexuality is not a disease, it is not contageous, and kids can't catch it by being raised by LGBT parents. I for one am sick of seeing the pain in my freinds faces, hearing their stories of what they had to go through in their lives and not doing anything to change it. IT ENDS NOW!

If you want to talk about LGBT men and women as disordered, diseased, different, that is your right. But when that talk helps fuel the flames, it needs to be re-evaluated. And when violence happens against someone simply for who they are then it must be stopped.

11:21 AM, May 05, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

The article was not even written or posted by a man. I have been on sabbatical, but I guess it is time to get back to it.

5:06 PM, May 05, 2009  

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