Law signed extending “hate crime” protections

The Christian Century: “With the stroke of a pen, President Obama expanded federal hate-crime laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories . . . ‘This law is a grave threat to the First Amendment because it provides special penalties based on what people think, feel or believe,’ said Erik Stanley . . . Stanley said some Christian ministers in other countries with hate-crime laws have been charged for inciting hatred against gays by preaching.”