Pastors will test Matthew Shepard Act by “inciting hate crimes”

Religious conservatives still outraged over the passing of hate crimes legislation have decided to test the limits of the new law with a publicity stunt involving incendiary hate speech directed at gays and lesbians. In order to “prove” that their God-given right to harass LGBT folk is being threatened, a group of pastors plan to travel to the nation’s capital and ratchet up the rhetoric in hopes of getting themselves arrested. (Can you believe this shit? And these zealots have the audacity to refer to hate crimes legislation as the “Hate Christians Law.”)

You can’t miss the irony here. Christianity is supposed to be all about “Love Thy Neighbor” and “Do Unto Others,” right? So in order to challenge the new law, a posse of homobigots led by Pastor Gary Cass (president of the so-called Christian Anti-Defamation Commission) is heading to Washington DC on November 16th where they will assemble outdoors and shout hatred and even foment violence against gays – y’know, to see how far they can go before being arrested under the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

From the creepy World Net Daily: The “Rally for Religious Freedom” in front of the Department of Justice in Washington is intended to force Attorney General Eric Holder either to address the issues or be put in a position of ignoring those who say they are violating the provisions of the federal law, Cass said. “We’re basically going to defy the law, and challenge it,” Cass told WND. “We’re going to declare the whole counsel of God, including those parts that some may consider ‘inciting a hate crime’ to see if the attorney general is going to come down and arrest a group of peaceful clergy exercising their First Amendment rights.”

They want to get arrested so that they can assume the role of martyrs. They’ll whine piteously: “See? See? We told you this would happen! Just look how the government tramples our right to agitate against gays and lesbians! See how brave and noble we are when we engage in hate speech! Please, bring us our crosses!”

Don’t expect subtlety from this assembly of assholes. They’re yearning to be handcuffed. I imagine they’ll take a page from Pastor Steve Anderson’s playbook and start demanding the execution of homosexuals. (He got away with it and became a sort of insta-celebrtiy, like balloon boy.) They’ll do their damndest to out-Phelps the Phelps Clan, they’ll try to out-Savage Michael Savage. The spittle will fly.

Still, I don’t think D.C. tourists will appreciate hearing anti-gay slogans shouted as they make their way toward the Lincoln Memorial. The police will be standing by, bored expressions on their faces. The local news might make an appearance. I doubt anyone will be arrested during Cass & Company’s little hate fest, which will only serve to make the participants look like what they are: a bunch of delusional preachers with way too much time on their hands.

(Pictured: Pastor Gary Cass)

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