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house Bill H.R. 1730

Increasing Federal Penalties For Threatening Violence Against Religious Community Centers

Argument in favor

There’s been an alarming rise in bomb threats and other violence against religious community centers, so increasing the federal penalty would help deter those crimes.

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12/11/2017
For everyone voting no, remember they aren’t just talking about Christian Churches, but Synagogues, Mosques, and other religious community centers.
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John's Opinion
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12/11/2017
For ALL religions! And, yes, Islam is a religion!
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12/11/2017
There’s been an alarming rise in bomb threats and other violence against religious community centers, so increasing the federal penalty would help deter those crimes.
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Argument opposed

Increasing prison sentences for threatening violence against religious community centers is unlikely to deter those who make the threats.

Marina's Opinion
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12/11/2017
Best way to combat antisemitism is by combating white supremacists. A good place to start would be by the current administration to crack down on alt-right and neo-nazis, not by making ridiculous laws
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Michael.J.L's Opinion
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12/11/2017
This is why I am voting no...the actual title of this bill is: H.R.1730 - Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017. While I am firmly against acts of anti-Semitism ( and Jewish Religious Centers as well as Islamic Religious Centers and Mosques have undergone their share of violence in the recent times), I feel this bill should be appropriately titled, and the text of the bill should reflect, combating violence against All Religious Centers, Mosques and places of worship. A bill such as that would get my full support.
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12/11/2017
Religious violence? Violence is already illegal.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed December 11th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 401 Yea / 2 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedMarch 27th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 1730?

This bill would increase the federal penalty for bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against community religious centers and ensure those actions could be prosecuted as a hate crime. The penalty would now include up to five years imprisonment.

Impact

Those convicted of threatening violence against religious community centers; and law enforcement.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1730

$0.00
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would have an insignificant impact on the federal budget.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN) introduced this bill to increase the federal penalty for making a bomb threat or other credible threat of violence against a religiously affiliated community center and make that prosecutable as a hate crime:

“The rise in threats at religious community centers is deeply disturbing and makes it clear that existing federal laws do not suitably deter these acts of hate. Religious tolerance is the bedrock on which our great nation was founded. We must defend the individual liberties of our neighbors of all faiths and protect places of worship, and I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation that addresses the issue head on.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) added:

“No American should be made a target because of his or her faith. Sadly, religious community centers across the country have increasingly had to lock down their facilities and call in bomb squads. I’m proud to support this bipartisan bill to ensure America remains a beacon of tolerance and respect for religion and free speech.”

This legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee on a voice vote and has the support of 45 bipartisan cosponsors, including 30 Democrats and 15 Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for the protection of community centers with religious affiliation, and for other purposes.

    For everyone voting no, remember they aren’t just talking about Christian Churches, but Synagogues, Mosques, and other religious community centers.
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    Best way to combat antisemitism is by combating white supremacists. A good place to start would be by the current administration to crack down on alt-right and neo-nazis, not by making ridiculous laws
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    This is why I am voting no...the actual title of this bill is: H.R.1730 - Combating Anti-Semitism Act of 2017. While I am firmly against acts of anti-Semitism ( and Jewish Religious Centers as well as Islamic Religious Centers and Mosques have undergone their share of violence in the recent times), I feel this bill should be appropriately titled, and the text of the bill should reflect, combating violence against All Religious Centers, Mosques and places of worship. A bill such as that would get my full support.
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    For ALL religions! And, yes, Islam is a religion!
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    Religious violence? Violence is already illegal.
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    Ineffective and expensive. Which means Congress will probably pass it...
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    Why does a religious center get more protection than any other place of gathering? Are you saying that a grocery store or movie theater that receives a similar threat is less important? Why? The bomb that went off this morning was in a subway station. Are they less deserving?
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    There’s been an alarming rise in bomb threats and other violence against religious community centers, so increasing the federal penalty would help deter those crimes.
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    Not a deterrent for religious fanatics. Existing law covers this already.
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    Violence is already a prosecutable offense, so why is this bill being even brought up? Also, ALL religious places of worship need to be covered, which I’m guessing this bill isn’t going to do.
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    Religion is stupid and dangerous. If you let your stupid religion make you feel like you should tell me how to live, John Katko. Than your a danger to me. So no, increasing federal penalties has never been a deterrent for anything. But it’s good for keeping the private prisons full and your campaign donors happy. Scumbags.
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    Denounce the white supremacist groups instead of making more laws that will probably only be enforced on minorities while ignoring actual threats. I am starting to lose count of all the violence against minorities not being looked at as a hate crime while charging some of the same minorities with a crime for defending themselves or being at a protest or something. This bill looks like a band aid on a gaping wound.
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    School or religious bldgs must be safety zones to not only violence but the threat of any violence for these bldgs are where Americans gather to better lives for all.
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    A yes vote gives the religious right carte blanche to go on witch hunts.
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    The question is whether this will be used against members of the Trump Administration that openly threaten religious minorities who disagree peacefully with their policies?
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    All religions must be protected like a Sovereign Country. No exceptions. Every race and religion is discriminated against. God said Judge Not! That means YOU. It’s God’s job HANDS OFF!
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    This should have been done along time ago. Thanks
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    Mandatory minimums are the tool of fascist states. End all mandatory minimums now.
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    No. The title of this bill states "anti semitism". This bill needs to be written to include ALL religions. PERIOD
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