An Oklahoma state senator said Tuesday he plans to file a bill classifying targeted assaults or threats against law enforcement officers as hate crimes.
Sen. Casey Murdock’s (R-Felt) proposed legislation also included first responders, national guardsmen, and military service members, according to a press release by the Oklahoma Senate.
“Under current law, crimes with specific intent to incite or cause violence against a person based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin or disability are prohibited,” WFLA reported.
The Republican senator said targeted crimes against police should be on that list.
After the events this weekend in California – and the terrible attack on our police officers in Tulsa earlier this summer – it’s more important than ever to protect our law enforcement officers and the individuals putting their lives on the line to protect our safety. With the hatred and unrest in this country, we must classify these careers as a protected class. Attacks against our peace officers are absolutely a hate crime because they are targeted based on their profession.
Two Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputies were shot during an apparent ambush as they sat in their patrol vehicle in Compton on September 12, according to Breitbart News.
“Officials said that the two officers were conducting a routine patrol outside an L.A. Metro train station when they were attacked,” the report stated.
However, both deputies later made it through surgery and were expected to recover.
“In 2016, Louisiana’s governor signed what was called the ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill. It made Louisiana the first state in the country to consider public safety officers a protected class under the hate-crime law,” according to WBNS.
Several states followed suit, including Texas and Kentucky.
“State lawmakers in Alabama and New York proposed similar legislation this year,” the report said.
Measures for next year’s legislative session may be filed beginning November 15 before the January 21 bill introduction deadline, according to the Oklahoma Senate press release.
“The 2021 legislative session will begin on Feb. 1,” it concluded.
HD Editors Note: What Does This Have To Do With Bible Prophecy?
In a message to his Church, Pastor Robert Jeffress commented on the lawlessness taking place in America, and the calls to defund the police:
“Not only is lawlessness wrong but the call that you hear in many quarters now to completely dismantle or defund or replace the police, that is contrary to the teachings of the Bible,” Jeffress said to his congregants. “In Romans chapter 13, Paul reminds us that God has ordained, he has established governing authority. In our day that would be law enforcement officers and the government behind them. He ordains them as ‘ministers of God to punish those who do evil.'”
Jeffress then explained that Paul wrote those words in a time where Rome ruled the world, which was a government that crucified Christ and would later behead Paul himself. And yet Paul wrote that (inspired by the Holy Spirit) that we should not resist “the powers that be are ordained of God.”
“This idea for the wholesale elimination of police is absolutely antithetical to scripture,” Jeffress reiterated.
Franklin Graham, in his latest article “America in Chaos,” explained that we are dealing with a generation that has no respect authority or God’s standards:
I think what we are seeing today is a problem with authority. The Bible warns us about those who “despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries” (2 Peter 2:10).
We are at the mercy of a generation that seems to have no respect for God’s standards and no awareness of His redeeming love. One North Carolina policeman describes the streets as a spiritual battlefield. “We work where the devil plays,” he said.
Terry James discussed this in his article, “Lawlessness Stage-setting & Falling Away”:
The rebellious thuggery has proliferated over the past months and shows every indication that things will get much worse. Signs of rebellion, of lawlessness, are continuing to spread.
These times of lawlessness, of course, have not gone without notice by God, who knows the end from the beginning. This was predicted by Jesus Himself for this end-of-the-age moment in human history: “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).
“God hates racism. God hates lawlessness,” Pastor Robert Jeffress stated in his message. “But… racism is not the root problem in America today. Lawlessness is not the root problem in America today. Racism and lawlessness are symptoms of the root problem. The root problem in America today is sin rebellion against God. If you try to solve the problem of racism or lawlessness without dealing with that root problem of sin and the solution to that problem: a relationship with Jesus Christ. If you try to solve racism and lawlessness without the gospel of Jesus Christ that’s like trying to cure cancer with a band-aid.”