'Cancel culture' claims victory, for now, in hate crimes bill

Thursday, March 18, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

No Hate homo signs protest (1)A battle against the LGBT agenda is not over in South Carolina as conservatives there are gearing up for another round of fights against a hate crimes measure.

A House committee last week approved a hate crimes proposal after removing special rights for homosexuals, lesbians, and transgender. The special category for "sexual orientation" was dropped after a Republican leader said including it would likely lead members of his party to withdraw their support. Conservatives were also concerned the hate crimes bill might be used against religious groups that oppose homosexuality.

But under pressure, several members were able to restore the language Tuesday. The bill (H. 3620) passed 23-0 and is now headed to the House floor.

One News Now spoke with Dave Wilson of Columbia, SC-based Palmetto Family. Wilson says it's a matter of the "cancel culture" keeping busy at the state capital and delivering the threat that if hate crimes legislation isn't passed, then legislation will be proposed not allowing certain businesses to come into the state.

"And that is a real issue that we're facing right now," the pro-family spokesman offers. "In reality, it feels like we're living in cultural vertigo in South Carolina."

Still, Wilson argues that some issues are more important than dollars – and lawmakers and the public must respond.

"Stand your ground is a massive idea that we have got to recognize – and recognize that we're standing on truth," he states. "We're not standing on shifting sand. And that's where most people don't realize how important it is for us to stand together and stand behind issues."

Wilson adds that phone calls and emails from constituents are vital in such situations. "We have to come back behind [conservative legislators] and say we're going to be standing and supporting those who are supporting the biblical worldview values that we share," he says.

When H. 3620 hits the House floor, Wilson says an amendment to remove the LGBT language will once again be proposed.

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