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Holder: Whites, Ministers, Military Not Protected by Hate Crime Law

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RUSH: I want you to hear this. June 25th, a week ago, Senate Judiciary Committee, Eric Holder testifying, and this is the question. "Jeff Sessions presents a hypothetical where a minister gives a sermon, quotes the Bible about homosexuality and is thereafter attacked..." You know what the media didn't pick up yet? Whether liberalism is chosen or whether you're born with it. Once they get through the fog of the Jackson death, Media Matters will get that to 'em. I'm sure they have it. It's just a matter of it hasn't penetrated the fog there at the editors' desks. Anyway, a question, hypothetical. "[A] minister gives a sermon, quotes the Bible about homosexuality, is thereafter attacked by a gay activist because of what the minister said about his religious beliefs and what Scripture says about homosexuality." Is the minister protected, is what Sessions said. Here's a portion of the answer, the testimony from Eric Holder.

HOLDER: Well, the statute would not -- would not necessarily cover that. We're talking about crimes that have a historic basis. Groups who have been targeted for violence as a result of the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, that is what this statute tends -- is designed to cover. We don't have the indication that the attack was motivated by a person's desire to strike at somebody who was in one of these protected groups. That would not be covered by the statute.

RUSH: In other words: ministers and whites are not covered by the hate crime statute because we're talking about crimes that have a historic basis, groups who have been targeted for violence as a result of their skin color, sexual orientation. So hate crimes are reserved exclusively for blacks and homosexuals. Everybody else can get to the back of the bus on this one. So if you're a minister, if you're white, he didn't even say -- well, sexual orientation, that's not gender. Not unless you've got an addadictomy, and he didn't talk about that, either. So I guess at the front of the bus are blacks and gays on hate crimes.

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RUSH: Just to clarify this, more Eric Holder here from a testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 25th. Senator Tom Coburn asked the attorney general if the Muslim radical who killed army recruiter Pvt. Long committed a hate crime, and here is a portion of Holder's response.

HOLDER: There's a certain element of hate, I suppose. What we're looking for here in terms of the expansion of the statute are instances where there is a historic basis to see groups of people who are singled out for violence perpetrated against them because of who they are. I don't know if we have the same historical record to say that members of our military have been targeted in the same way that people who are African-American, Hispanic, people who are Jewish, people who are gay, have been targeted over -- over the many years.

RUSH: All right, so the list has been expanded now. The hate crime legislation will apply to African-Americans, Jewish people, gay people, so add Jewish to this, African-American, Jewish and people who are gay. But the military really haven't been targeted. What in the world is he talking about? Military hasn't been targeted? Liberals have been targeting the military, hate crimes, for as long as I've been alive. Islamofascists have been targeting Americans for decades, doesn't matter who the Americans are. There you have it. There's your new attorney general under Obama. It's DEFCON 1, every day is DEFCON 1. I had a guy say to me, "I've never seen a summer where the news never stops. The news cycle is just, bam, bam, bam, bam," and that's true.

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RUSH: By the way, the hate crimes legislation, I am happy about one thing. My good friend Mark Levin, I'm comforted he is covered because Mark is Jewish. I don't know if he has any historical problems here with people hating him attacking him but he's protected now anyway, thanks to the Obama administration.

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