[Republican State Senator] Russell said because the government has decided to intervene on issues of morality, he is worried that religious leaders who speak out against any lifestyle could be imprisoned for their speech.
“The law is very vague to begin with,” Russell said. “Sexual orientation is a very vague word that could be extended to extremes like necrophilia.”
Russell said he is also concerned if someone is attacked and killed for his or her sexual orientation, the suspect could pass the blame onto a religious leader who preached out against the lifestyle of the victim who was attacked.
1. The Republican Party has repeatedly attempted to legislate its own version of anti-gay morality into law, particularly mirroring Christian fundamentalist beliefs, and indeed, with some considerable success. Is that not also "intervening on issues of morality"? Hell, they campaign on their moral superiority, and their moral agenda for the US.
2. Necrophilia is a crime, that is more often committed by straight males on female corpses. It is not a term that in any way relates to sexual orientation, and would therefore be outside Federal hate crimes protections in the first place. A bigger red herring could not have been thrown into this discussion.
3. "The suspect could pass the blame onto a religious leader..." As opposed to passing the blame onto the victim, as is often successfully done with the "gay panic" defense. It's apparently acceptable to this Senator for a religious leader to preach physical harm against gays, without any repercussions.
The evidence continues to mount of the evil contained in the contemporary Republican Party. And before the usual bleating starts about "not EVERY Republican is like this" and "you're generalizing" and "yeah, but the Republicans have the better tax plan" the salient point is that these anti-gay, anti-human rights actions are routinely coming from Republican lawmakers.
And yet few influential Republicans condemn them. This is what the Party, as a collective political entity has become. To defend & support Republicans you must defend & support typical Republican actions like these; they are inseparable.