Houston Chronicle reports on the house voting in the hate crimes measure. It would be a great bill if it did not include the repression of free speech against the sin of homo sexual activity.
from Romans 1 in the NIV
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Pretty much sums it up.
Glad I can write and quote this now. One day, one congress, one president, and one supreme court may come knocking on my door and demand I remove this post or face penalty of imprisonment.
Beloved, this is not a new issue. It has been since the days of old. The concern is that the scope of the issue has now reached global proportions. Those in Christ do not hate sinners such as homo sexual men and women. They would not hurt them, they would pray for them and express a love for the person and hatred for the sin and what it does to the person.
Consider a victim of cancer and their spouse. One loves their spouse, do they also love the cancer inside them? No, they hate the thing inside them that is killing them. So should all Christians love the sinner and hate the sin.