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    Kahn, Jones introduce legislation to protect worship services

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 12:02:32 PM EST
    Tags: Kahn, Jones, Bash Back, Mount Hope (all tags)

    Less than a week after the election of Barack Obama as the nation's first Dem President in nearly a decade a pro-gay-special rights group calling themselves "Bash Back!" invaded an evangelical church in Lansing, vandalizing the property, disrupting the service, running over worshipers and attempting to instigate physical confrontations.

    And that's just what happened OUTSIDE the bathroom where church security found two of the homosexual activists after police thought they'd cleared the campus.  (The image below was screen-grabbed from the website where they claimed credit for the attack.)

    RightMichigan was the first to tell you the story (which you can find HERE) but certainly wasn't the last.  Our coverage was discussed everywhere from WorldNet Daily to the Drudge Report and wound up shining a pretty bright spotlight on the liberals who'd commissioned and carried out the violent anti-Christian attack.

    Sadly, the libs claimed they weren't done and that similar church-targeted violence should be expected in the future.

    Now, several months later, some in the Michigan legislature are standing up and saying `not so fast.'

    Yesterday Senator Roger Kahn and Representative Rick Jones introduced legislation in each Michigan chamber increasing the penalties for church service invasions.  House Bill 4537 and Senate Bill 351 ratchet up the punishment for this sort of anti-religious behavior to a $5,000 fine on top of any additional criminal charges.

    The bills protect religious services across the board, in churches, synagogues and mosques.

    "Michigan must send a strong message that hoodlum-type behavior is not welcome in our state, and certainly not in our churches," Jones said.  "Freedom of Religion is one of our basic American rights and it must be protected.  By increasing the penalty for this shocking crime, we can effectively deter future demonstrations and allow people to worship in peace."

    Kahn said Michigan must enact this legislation to help maintain the sanctity of the state's places of worship.

    "This legislation is just plain common sense," said Sen. Kahn. "Our people expect and deserve the right to worship in peace.  Extremist groups who would be so insensitive as to interrupt a religious service should know that such behavior will not be tolerated."

    A quick listen to a liberal blogger's recorded interview with Bash Back!'s defacto spokesman makes it plain as day that the criminal penalties for trespassing and vandalism don't worry these Democratic extremists.  Hit them in the pocket-books, though, in this Granholm-Cherry economy?  That's going to pack a wallop.

    Props to Senator Kahn, Representative Jones and the folks who have already begun signing on as co-sponsors.  This is common-sense, non-partisan legislation that should move quickly through both chambers... one would assume.  Then again, one could have also assumed the Dems would never dream of attacking peaceful church goers on a Sunday morning.  And we all know now the danger of assumption.

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    Good Job!!! (none / 0) (#1)
    by Eric T on Sat Mar 07, 2009 at 07:23:11 AM EST

    Finally (none / 0) (#2)
    by Mark Adams on Sat Mar 07, 2009 at 08:30:25 AM EST
    Some sensible legislation going to be coming from Lansing.

    Playing devil's advocate here... (none / 0) (#4)
    by KG One on Sat Mar 07, 2009 at 09:01:10 PM EST
    ...with the courts running into more and more people who cannot pay their fines claiming "financial hardship" and the guv bent on clearing out our prisons to save money, I'm hoping that people aren't getting their hopes up too high regarding this bill?

    Don't get me wrong, I have no problem seeing these losers cooling their heels in jail and having their bank accounts emptied for pulling a stunt like this.

    In the end, I just don't see it having much of an effect curtailing their "protests".

    This should have bipartisan support (none / 0) (#5)
    by TheCurrent on Sun Mar 08, 2009 at 01:07:53 AM EST
    This type of legislation should have bipartisan support. After all, the liberals are the ones who want to label everything a hate crime now-a-days. This is certainly fair legislation, unless you're an extremely crazy atheist there should be no reason to oppose it.

    Kudos to Kahn and Jones.


    Why not classify this as what it is? (none / 0) (#6)
    by dz9z3x on Sun Mar 08, 2009 at 03:08:38 PM EST
    If someone were to do this to a gathering of gay people it would be considered a "hate crime".

    What's good for the goose,.... so to speak.

    Why not raise penalties across the board? (none / 0) (#7)
    by jgillmanjr on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 06:24:54 AM EST
    It's just like increasing the penalties for assault and battery or arson if you are white and the victim is black (read - hate crime), it's silly.

    By the way, I can't seem to find either the house or senate bills on the Michigan Legislature website. Do they have a lag period on getting up bills?

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