Three fundamental concerns are driving the formation of the new citizens organization:
I. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on all businesses and property owners, with a particularly negative impact on faith- based and faith-inspired businesses and property owners.
II. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on every citizen's constitutionally protected rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.
III. The negative impact of the practice of homosexuality on the individuals who practice it and on the rest of the society.
The main multifaceted emphasis of the group is to defend Traditional Marriage as 'between one man and one woman', to respond to the controversy at the University of Notre Dame regarding homosexual activism at several levels, to respond to 'special rights for homosexuals' ordinances as they come forward in the Region and to facilitate help and ministry for those suffering from the ill effects of the homosexual lifestyle.
Great News from our Profamily Friends in Pennsylvania ! We have to remain vigilant to stop the 'criminalization of Christianity' through 'so-called Hate Crimes Legislation, as Christian Liberties Champion Janet Folger puts it.
Hate Crimes Law Found Unconstitutional -- Victory for Free SpeechFrom Pennsylvania Family Council:
PA 'Hate Crimes' Law Found Unconstitutional,Victory for Free Speech
Today, Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court struck down Pennsylvania's expanded hate crimes law as unconstitutional.
Pennsylvania Family Institute's Independence Law Center applauds the decision. While the rationale of the court was to strike the law on procedural grounds, nevertheless it is a victory for a citizen's right to free speech.
A challenge to the law was brought by a group of persons who were charged with hate crimes after speaking out at a public homosexual event in Philadelphia. While the group ultimately prevailed on the charges, they brought a challenge to the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's hate crimes law.
Hate crimes laws are always portrayed as a means to prevent discrimination and hatred. "But in reality," said Randall Wenger, Independence Law Center, "as it turned out for the group in Philadelphia, it was used in an attempt to punish people for their traditional views and to violate their right to free speech."
Today's decision of the court rested on the state constitutional principle that the legislature may not so drastically change a bill in the process of passage that it does not remotely reflect its original intent. In this case the bill morphed from one dealing with crop destruction into a law expanding hate crimes.
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