June 5, 2007

Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” As an African-American I can totally relate to this quote. About 50 years ago my father was threatened at gunpoint by a state trooper for civil rights activities.

Today we’re engaged in another battle that threatens our liberties. A so-called civil rights bill is being proposed in the Senate. It attempts to hijack the momentum of the civil rights movement while actually infringing on all of our civil rights.

I encourage everyone to voice opposition to the Matthew Shepard bill. This bill could raise sexual orientation and gender identity to the same status as race. It could also seriously jeopardize our freedom of speech and freedom of religion.


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