A good point Porter makes in his opinion piece is the fact the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of hate crimes law. If HB 1459 would lead to ministers being charged with a hate crime for speaking out against "homosexuality" from the pulpit as Clark and Miller have both falsely alleged, then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist would most have assuredly ruled against them. He did not. As Porter explains:
In 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that hate-crime laws based on intent are constitutional. In his decision, Chief Justice William Rehnquist specifically noted that judges have traditionally been allowed to consider the motivation of defendants when imposing sentences. Rehnquist said that hate crimes inflict distinct emotional harm on their victims and can trigger social instability.
People will have to learn that if you want to beat these bigoted religious zealots who are polluting this state with their intolerant views, you have to get in the trenches and go hand-to-hand, toe-to-toe to combat them. They have proven time and time again they are not beneath using their phony nonprofit organizations to stir up folks by playing on prejudices. Yes, their rhetoric often seems too nutty and defenseless to merit a response, but Miller and Clark know it works. That's why they do it. Until they are called out in a public forum for what they're really all about, they will continue doing it with success.