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Hate Crimes Bill Play
By Michelle Vu
Conservative Christian groups were quick to
denounce the Senate’s attachment of a hate crimes amendment to
the Defense Funding Bill,
criticizing the measure for elevating some violent crimes above
Opponents of the political ploy argue all violent
acts should be given equal justice instead of designating some
worse than others when the end results are the same. They contend
it is a “dangerous mistake” to rank crimes of violence based on
purported motives or the identity of the victim as the proposed
amendment would do.
“Murder is murder and should be prosecuted
to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of the possible motives
of the murderer or the racial, ethnic or sexual identity of the
victim,” said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, to the Baptist
“It’s called blind justice for a reason,” he
added. “It is why the symbol for law is a blindfolded woman holding
the scales of justice. It’s called blind justice because justice
should be meted out based on actions, refusing to take into account
the particular identities of perpetrators or victims.”
Tony Perkins, president of Washington-based
Family Research Council, would agree.
pointed out the hate crimes legislation is a “direct violation”
of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. “Congress needs
to remember that preserving equal justice under the law is more
important than scoring points with advocates of homosexual behavior,”
Perkins said in a statement. “All violent crimes are hate crimes,
and every victim is equally important…All our citizens deserve
equal justice under the law,” he said. “Congress should represent
all Americans, not give special protections for some.”
The U.S. Senate voted to attach the hate crimes
bill to the high-priority Department of Defense authorization
bill September 27th in a political maneuver to pressure President
Bush to pass the contentious amendment.
The measure seeks to add violence against individuals
based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability
to the list of federal hate crimes involving prejudice against
an individual’s race, color, religion, and national origin.
What Does the Bible
Mean by Examine Ourselves?
By Dr. Herbert Samworth
In a study of the Bible
we encounter verses that encourage us to examine ourselves.
For example, Paul, when writing to the Corinthians, states that
they were to examine themselves to determine if they were true
Christians (2 Corinthians
13:5). Why are these types of verses found in
Scripture and what do they mean?
The Word of God
takes very seriously the spiritual condition of men. Everything
the Bible says is true.
It states, without equivocation, that there is a heaven and a
hell. Every person born on the earth is going to spend eternity
either in one or the other.
Hell is the place
of indescribable anguish and punishment. Jesus tells us that hell
has been created for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). It is where unrepentant sinners will be condemned
for all eternity. Human language is nearly incapable of describing
its horrors. The Lord Jesus Himself has given us the most graphic
description of its nature when He described it as a place where
the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched (Mark
Heaven is the place
where eternal joy will be unbroken. It is the dwelling place of
God Himself. Those who spend eternity in heaven will never again
experience pain or suffering. Sin will not enter heaven. Words
fail in their ability to describe the blessings of heaven. Christians
will experience unbroken fellowship with the Triune God and their
fellow believers for all eternity. While one phrase cannot do
adequate justice to the blessedness of heaven, John, writing in
Revelation 21:4, says
that God will wipe away all tears.
It is not the purpose
of this paper to prove the reality of these places. The Bible states their existence and it is
the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Although
many have denied the existence of heaven and hell, the Bible is the standard of truth. Because they are real places, it is
of the utmost importance to know where one will spend eternity.
This is the single most important question that a person will
answer and it is the question that the Scriptures present to every
person: where will you spend eternity?
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