Originally Posted by JB Rattlesnake
People are jumping the gun on what this Act is really all about.
Actually there is a... "Rule of Construction" which specifically provides that "Nothing in this Act... shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the free speech or free exercise clauses of, the First Amendment to the Constitution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Shepard_Act
This is no more about taking away people's right to free speech as the case against Westboro Baptist Church was.
That's just what the liberals want you to think.
Honestly, if you really believe that the left-wing Liberals are NOT going to try to use this to shut down churches that take a stand against homosexuality, then you are really fooling yourself.