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There is a disturbing trend of rightwing states and rightwing politicians in more moderate states of attempting to opt out of Federal laws.

So it should come as no surprise that it would be an Oklahoma Republican looking to exempt his state from abiding by the new Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. And although this disgusting display of support for violence isn't likely to come of much, it's still a symbol of the Christian right's desire to advocate for violence against GLBT Americans from the pulpit, behind closed doors, in the street, and on dark country roads.

State Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City, said the newly passed Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act... oversteps the bounds of the federal government and hinders free speech and religious freedom.

“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.

Russell said, as a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, he is upset that the new hate crimes bill was attached to a defense spending bill.

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"if you voted against the hate crimes act, it made you look like you were voting against the troops.”

Russell said Oklahoma can opt out of the law on the basis of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Disgusting. Here's a picture of this revolting and disturbed rightwing Christian bigot, so you can put a face with his hate. Of course notice the creepy intense staring eyes so common with these fundamentalists.

Here's his office number if you want to tell him what you think of him and his views:

405.521.5618

Originally posted to certainly on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 11:37 AM PST.

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  •  nice photo... (6+ / 0-)

    looks like someone who will be caught cruising...  

    Never walk into a public restroom while breathing through your mouth.

    by quityurkidding on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 11:41:45 AM PST

  •  Nullification (5+ / 0-)
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    Eman, Rumarhazzit, TomP, Clarknt67, certainly

    Where's Andrew Jackson when you need him?

    Better yet, how about a class, Basic US Constitution 101 for all these numbutz from the asshole red states?

    If Virigina and Kentucky couldn't nullify the Sedition Act in 1797; or South Carolina the Tariff in the 1820s, or the entire freakin' South the entire Constitution in the Civil War, what the fuck does this asshole think he's going to get with this moronic idea?

    State Sen. Steve Russell, Congratulations, you are today's Biggest Asshole of the Day.

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    by oxfdblue on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 11:41:48 AM PST

  •  Necrophelia? (4+ / 0-)
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    Rumarhazzit, Clarknt67, vadasz, certainly

    Uh... that's illegal. Walking down the street while gay is not. Everyone deserves the right to live without being beaten up or worse.

    If Oklahomans were told what this law actually did, I promise you that very, very few would oppose it. Even here, nobody would object to protecting people from getting beaten.

    Tell your friends about SheKos!

    by droogie6655321 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 11:42:22 AM PST

  •  Obviously a (4+ / 0-)

    dumbshit who does not read the Constitution:

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

    "Free your mind & your ass will follow" Parliament Funkadelics

    by TomP on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 11:46:16 AM PST

  •  He just can't beat them up and yell faggot (1+ / 0-)
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    certainly

    and I guess that's a problem?

  •  For once, we both agree, take a seat, Russell (1+ / 0-)
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    "If all else fails... immortality can always be assured by spectacular error."

    by mydailydrunk on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 11:49:19 AM PST

  •  So they have finally admitted that "rhetoric lead (1+ / 0-)
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    certainly

    directly to violence:

    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.

    If they would tone down the rhetoric, maybe we wouldn't need hate crimes legislation.

    Fear over tolerance, lies over truth, and hate over love: Maine - Nov. 3rd, 2009

    by Rumarhazzit on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 11:50:41 AM PST

    •  I wish it would be prosecutable, but I doubt it. (0+ / 0-)

      America will never hold our country's pastors accountable for preaching politics and hate crimes from the pulpit.

      •  I wouldn't support that. (1+ / 0-)
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        Indexer

        It's free speech. And speech is not what the current Hate Crimes Laws are about. They're about protecting people and communities from crimes that mean to terrorize groups of people -- beyond the initial victim.

        Tell your friends about SheKos!

        by droogie6655321 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 11:54:21 AM PST

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        •  I would (0+ / 0-)

          I would prefer to live in a more European society where hate speech is actually not permitted.

          But this is America, and it's hopeless.

          Too much hate here. No, our jails are for black people. There's no room for rightwing Christians anyway.

          •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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            Rumarhazzit, Indexer

            I believe in the "pressure valve" theory of free speech. If we were to crack down on hate speech from people like pastors and AM radio hosts, those people would become even more dangerous and violent.

            If we allow it, then the pressure is released and less harm results. Either way, these attitudes aren't going to go away because a law is passed. That's not the way social change happens.

            I was raised in a Baptist church. These people have been spinning fantasies about the time when the government will come into their churches and tell them what they can and can't say for years.

            Tell your friends about SheKos!

            by droogie6655321 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 12:00:10 PM PST

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            •  I disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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              Rumarhazzit

              I don't believe hate speech vents hate, I believe it increases it and allows it to become mainstream.

              Hate speech creates hate, it doesn't lessen it, in my opinion.

              That's why Europe is more restrictive. I think after WWII they saw how easily a population can become sociopathic and dangerous, and that was only hearing hate on the radio. Hearing it in church and now on Fox is even more effective propaganda.

              No, I really think this casual hatred for gays, latinos, blacks, etc in our society only legitimizes and increases the violence.

  •  As a former Oklahoman... (0+ / 0-)

    I can say with authority that you'd better not ever, EVER, take away their God-given right to attack and kill necrophiliacs.

    Once again, the most organized event at the convention was the anarchy workshop. - Bill in Portland Maine

    by tornadic on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 11:56:31 AM PST

  •  WTF is this "opt out" stuff? (3+ / 0-)
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    FishBiscuit, Clarknt67, certainly

    What incredible chutzpah these conserva-cretins have. They are perfectly happy reaping the benefits of being part of the USA, but then don't want to cooperate and compromise with the rest of the country if something doesn't fit into their little eensy narrow-minded conserva-cretinous worldview?

    My contempt for these pretend Americans knows no bounds.

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    by mofembot on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 11:56:43 AM PST

    •  Let's offer the SOB a compromise. (1+ / 0-)
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      mofembot

      We will agree to let Oklahoma opt out of this law, provided that the University of Oklahoma football team opts out of the first 31 points in each game.  In other words, the Sooners would start each game trailing 31-0.

      I would love to see this bozo try to sell that deal to his Sooner-fanatic constituents, right before they string him up from the nearest tree.

  •  Boo hoo hoo...how can I legally hate people? (0+ / 0-)

    Teh Gays are my bread and butter wedge issue.

    How can I scare my constituents to vote against their own self interests?

    I'm afraid of the legal implications of carrying on as usual.

    If I am robbed of my ability to use boogey men in order to ascertain money and votes, then my carrier may be finished!

    If I can't use Communists or Gays...what's left?

    I need an opt-out-stimulus-unemployment extension!

    "When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago."

    by progresso on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 12:30:23 PM PST

  •  What's to be disturbed about? (0+ / 0-)

    There is a disturbing trend of rightwing states and rightwing politicians in more moderate states of attempting to opt out of Federal laws.

    Their "attempts" are just rhetoric, red meat for the masses. They'll just have to leave the Union to follow through.

    Let them.

    Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man" Loving v. Virginia

    by Scott Wooledge on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 01:26:11 PM PST

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