Written by Bryan Fischer
“A hate crime is usually defined by state law as one that involves threats, harassment, or physical harm and is motivated by prejudice against someone's race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability.” - USLegal.com
The Knight of the Long Knives continues as the homosexual lobby commits one hate crime after another.
The latest victim of homosexual bigots? New York state senator Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx, the only Democrat who voted against granting same-couples the “right” to marry in New York.
Diaz proudly says he is a “Christian first and then a Democrat,” and added that, “I always vote my conscience.”
Says Diaz, “As a Christian and as the President of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, I will continue to defend the teachings of the Bible and oppose homosexual marriage.”
In the debate that crested with Republicans casting the deciding votes to legitimize homosexual “marriage,” Diaz was blunt, direct and clear. “God, not Albany, has settled the definition of marriage a long time ago.”
For taking a principled, religiously-rooted stand for the institution that undergirds all of human civilization, Diaz has become the latest in a long, sad string of victims of the true hatemongers in America, homosexuals activists. Their hate crime against him is motivated by prejudice against his religion, which teaches that God designed marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman.
Diaz and his family received death threats during the same-sex marriage debate and controversy, and his daughter was threatened with sexual assault by the same people who say you’re not supposed to force your values on anyone. The threats have been reported to the police and the FBI. (Good luck getting any help from them.) He has also received a barrage of hate calls.
Remember the legal definition of a “threat” for hate crimes purposes:
“It is an expression of an intention to inflict an evil or injury on another person...A threat is also defined as a menace that keeps the mind of a person upon whom a threat operates unsettled.” - USLegal.com
On top of that, homosexual paragons of tolerance sponsored a “F--- Ruben Diaz Festival” in a gay bar in Brooklyn.
Says Diaz, a Pentecostal pastor, "I have never preached hate. They're showing that they're the ones that are doing the hateful things."
Added Diaz in a recent press release, “I continue to be the target of a vulgar campaign by seething extremists who oppose my defense of New York’s marriage laws. As a Christian, of course I love those who hate me and I will continue to pray for their souls.” And gay activists say that he is the hater! Sounds a lot more like Jesus Christ to me.
His Democratic colleagues, the self-proclaimed champions of the downtrodden and victimized, are no help, saying he’s getting what he deserves. “You reap what you sow,” said one.
Gay activist Jonathan Rauch admitted that the hatemongers on the left are at risk of overplaying their hand:
"Incidents of rage against 'haters,' verbal abuse of opponents, boycotts of small-business owners, absolutist enforcement of anti-discrimination laws: Those and other 'zero-tolerance' tactics play into the 'homosexual bullies' narrative. The other side in short, is counting on us to hand them the victimhood weapon. Our task is to deny it to them."
Well, if they were trying to deny Sen. Ruben Diaz the “victimhood weapon,” consider their efforts an epic fail.
Wrote Richard Barnes, executive director of the New York Catholic Conference:
“Where is the cry for tolerance and justice for Rev. Diaz against these hate purveyors?...The entire campaign to enact same-sex marriage is conducted under a banner of acceptance, and equality and respect for others. Yet behind that banner of tolerance is another campaign – of intimidation, threats and ugliness. What at first appears to be simple juvenile behavior by a few is becoming a culture and climate of abusiveness toward those who disagree. Is this the future we look forward to in our state? Intolerance masquerading as tolerance, intimidation in the name of respect? I hope not, but the wind certainly seems to be blowing in that direction.”
Mr. Barnes, the winds are not only blowing in that direction, they are reaching hurricane force.
Chuck Colson is another whose eyes are wide open to the steaming hate billowing from the denizens of the homosexual lobby. "The gay-rights groups have shown their fangs. They want to silence, yes, destroy those who don't agree with their agenda."
Homosexuals are rapidly cementing their position as the number one perpetrators of hate crimes in American today. Sen. Diaz is simply the latest prey of the hatemongering hunters on the left, who live in mortal fear that someone, somewhere, actually believes what God says about marriage and human sexuality. And the list will grow longer before it grows shorter.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)
Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, where he provides expertise on a range of public policy topics. He hosts the "Focal Point" radio program on AFR Talk,which airs live on weekdays from 1-3 p.m. Central on American Family Radio's nationwide talk network of 145 stations.