"DON'T CRITICIZE JEWS AND MUSLIMS" BILL ENTERS
By Rev. Ted Pike
16 Nov 10
Since Israel’s siege of Gaza and recent deadly flotilla attack,
its reputation has plummeted worldwide, including on American college
campuses. Not content to respond with debate and internet censorship,
Israel's PR rep, the Anti-Defamation League, has been struggling to
do what it does best: Make such criticism a hate crime.
ADL’s latest “anti-bullying” legislation, HR 6216,
which I have dubbed the Don’t Criticize Jews and Muslims
Act, was submitted last month to the US House of Representatives
by Jewish members of Congress Sen. Arlen Specter and Reps. Brad Sherman
and Elliot Engel. Its purpose is to end increasing criticism of Israel
on US campuses; it would actually make such criticism, which creates “emotional
distress” in Jewish students, illegal.
By adding religion to the protected classes in the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, this bill will criminalize general, repeated criticisms
of broad issues around Jewish religion and ethnicity. Like nothing
else, the state of Israel epitomizes Jewish religious aspirations,
ethnicity and culture. Although this bill is only one page long and
seems innocent, don’t be deceived!
HR 6216 violates the Fourteenth Amendment by granting special rights
and privileges to yet another group under the Civil Rights Act.
This addition is especially ominous for Christians because Attorney
General Holder admitted federal hate crimes law does not protect Christians
but only Jews and Muslims. (See NPN Video, 'Holder
Admits: No Equality Under Hate Bill' at Truthtellers.org)
This is another free speech-ending hate crimes bill ADL is trying to
sneak under the radar of the even more pro-Israel Congress.
ADL Already Invaded Dept. of Education
Especially irked by the free speech happening in American universities,
Jewish groups have already been pressuring the US
Department of Education (USDE) to outlaw “anti-Semitism” on
campus They scored a major victory two weeks ago in persuading Arne
Duncan, Secretary of Education, to issue detailed guidelines “that in effect applies Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 to the protection of Jewish students from anti-Semitism
Just as the federal hate law last year added homosexuality to special
favored protection from hate crimes under the same Civil Rights
Act, and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
would have added the same protection to gays and transgenders, the
USDE now considers all members of the Jewish race in US public education
to be protected from “anti-Semitic” criticism. What does
that mean? The guidelines say negative generalizations about Jewish
behavior or ethnic characteristics on campus are now illegal!
What if "anti-Semitic" generalizations are true? Consider
these true statements about most American Jews. They …
1) Are predominantly liberals, favoring abortion, homosexual rights,
evolution, banning Christian symbols in public places, etc.
2) Support Israel’s policies against Palestinians.
3) Oppose virtually all aspects of the Christian/conservative political
agenda, including incorporation of Christian moral values in government.
4) Tend to gravitate towards positions of power and influence, avoiding
5) Reject Jesus Christ and the need to repent and trust in Him in
order to find spiritual fulfillment.
USDE directives prohibit “anti-Semitic" harassment in
public education as if the term’s definition is so obvious it
doesn’t need to be spelled out. Webster’s New 20 th
Century Dictionary gives us a clue. It defines anti-Semitism as “disliking
or fearing Jews or Jewish things.” Clearly, USDE bases its criminalization
of free speech on such skewed, PC definitions. This makes anti-Semites
out of anyone who dislikes or fears the persecutive military
might of Israel!
According to USDE , it is now “anti-Semitic” and illegal
for such general statements to be repeated on campus. Any institution
of public education allowing such “hate” can lose federal
funding. They can even face federally sanctioned lawsuits and indictment.
Rep. Brad Sherman said, “The policy is now clear: colleges
will no longer be permitted to turn a blind eye when
Jewish students face severe and persistent anti-Semitic hostility on
their campuses.” The guidelines
also state that if any publicly supported school allows “hostility” against
matters Jewish ( Israel’s siege of Gaza or flotilla attack?)
it can be forced to create a reeducation program for the entire school,
to “eliminate” such anti-Semitism.
Will Congress Uphold USDE Decree?
Of course, Duncan's decree is unconstitutional. However, the USDE's
Civil Rights Division has power to enforce the Civil Rights Act,
making federal hate criminals out of "anti-Semitic" students
and faculty. But for the USDE decree to be most effectively enforced
and to repel Constitutional challenge, it needs to be enshrined in
federal law by act of Congress. That is why lovers of freedom must
make absolutely sure this legislation is vigorously resisted now. It
represents the beginning of organized attempts to outlaw criticism
of Talmudic Judaism and Israel, not just in public education but everywhere.
If this bill is passed, it will be a small step under the Civil
Rights Act to ban “discrimination” or criticism of
Jewish issues in businesses of 20 or more employees, possibly including
churches. Such censorship could progress, as happened in ADL hate law
countries, to outlaw “hateful speech” in all of society!
At that time, America will be under the jackboot of a speech crime
gestapo with no regard for First Amendment free speech guarantees.
What is Discrimination?
Under ADL hate laws worldwide, you don’t have to deny housing
to a homosexual or fire a black person to be guilty of “discrimination.” You
can face this charge simply for causing “emotional distress” by
criticizing them. When sponsor Rep. Brad Sherman says “severe
and persistent anti-Semitic hostility” will not be tolerated
in schools, he is not talking about physical violence or even bigotry
but persistent criticism of Israel! Since “anti-Semitism” is
now defined by the U.S. State Department's Office of Global Anti-Semitism
as “strong criticism of Israel,” Sherman is really telling
us that the USDE “harassment” guidelines already cast a
chill over all publicly supported US campuses from grade school through
grad school, forcing administrators to end free speech about Israel.
(See, The Real
Motive Behind the "Department of Global Anti-Semitism")
ADL has been strongly promoting “anti-bullying” bills
on the federal and state level. They were withstood last year when
the National Prayer Network led the charge, stimulating Republican
House Judiciary rejection of ADL’s cyber-bullying and AWARE bills
as unconstitutional.(See, Media
Mocks Cyberbullying Bill) Since
then, ADL has doggedly bypassed the need for legislation and simply
persuaded the USDE to enforce ADL's program of banning criticism of
homosexuality in US public schools. The League invaded the Dept. of
Education with its “anti-bullying” agenda against “homophobic” Christians
in school, and now it has persuaded USDE to aggressively ban criticism
of Jewish issues as well. (The USDE guidelines, ostensibly issued by
Arne Duncan, reek of the writing style, twisted definitions and arguments
of ADL director Abe Foxman.)
No Protection for Christians
In the 1960s, black Americans received special rights not afforded
to whites. Yet not even they have possessed what HR 6216 promises Jews:
special federal protection from criticism of Jewish religious,
cultural and ethnic issues.
Adding “religion” to the Civil Rights Act will not protect
white, Christian conservatives. They will find no haven from ongoing “hostile,
intense and consistent” criticism from liberals on campus. Christian
students must endure the defamation of their own characteristics (“xenophobic,” “fundamentalist,” “sexist,” “anti-sex,” “racist,” “homophobic”).
Their values will remain daily mocked and undermined in the classroom.
Any claims in the bill to give equal protection are false. Like all
ADL-inspired hate crime laws, this bill will protect only a small minority
alleged to be historic victims of white Christian civilization.
Special Protection for Islam
With Judaism, Islam will merit special protections under this bill,
as it does under the federal hate law. Attorney General Holder indicated
that, while most violent “hate criminals” will face triple
penalties under federal hate crimes law, Muslim criminals will not.
They must be indicted as common criminals on the state level. Under
the USDE ruling, Muslims will also receive the privilege of non-criticism
concerning their ethnic characteristics.
Most Christians will likely be untroubled by this bill because it
criminalizes what they believe God also hates: criticism of His chosen
people. Yet they should be aware that, in allowing HR 6216 to pass,
they will be empowering a “speech crime” agenda designed
to end free speech for Christians. Already, under USDE guidelines,
any student is subject to discipline and possible prosecution if he
or she continues to make negative statements against Islam. This could
include the following:
1) Islam was birthed in violence. Its Qu’ran advocates such
violence toward infidels.
2) Islam aspires toward world dominion.
3) Islam wants to enforce Sharia law worldwide.
Already under hate law bills in Canada, France, England, Holland,
etc. local Islamic counsels take full advantage of ADL-inspired hate
laws to bring vengeance on their critics, seeing them harassed, fined,
and threatened with prison (See Video, Hate
Law Jihad: How Hate Laws Make Criminals of Islam's Critics at Truthtellers.org).
Rep. Louis Gohmert warned that pastors, talk show hosts, and publishers,
whose speech might be construed as inspiring hate crimes, will also
be indicted (under the Civil Rights Act’s Title 18,
Section 2a). Under HR 6216, those critical of Muslims could face similar
federal prosecution, accused of stimulating others to act violently.
Also, this bill, like all hate crimes legislation, strongly suggests
that if a member of Congress votes against it, he, by definition, is
in favor of “hate” (i.e. anti-Semitism) on campus. The
message to the politicians is clear: “Be safe. Vote for a bill
that outlaws anti-Semitism - a scourge most agree is a mounting world
Members of Congress need to know that Americans, including their
pro-Israel supporters, strongly support their opposition to this legislation.
The Jewish supremacists quietly promoting HR 6216 are hoping no one
will notice or object that “religion” is being added to
the Civil Rights Act. Don’t let them get away with it!
We can destroy this new hate bill just as we destroyed ADL’s
cyber-bullying, AWARE, and ENDA bills last year.
Come to Truthtellers.org Action Page for the names of Republican
members of the House Judiciary Committee. Call
them all with this message:
“Please oppose HR 6216, which would
add “religion” to
the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It gives Jews and Muslims
special protection from criticism on campus but doesn’t give
such protection to Christians. This is more biased hate crimes
legislation from the Anti-Defamation League to take away free speech
and make Christians hate criminals.”
Call 877-851-6437 toll-free or 202-224-3121 toll.
Because HR 6216 shields Jews and Israel from criticism, it may be
regarded by leaders of the religious right as a “pro-Israel” bill – causing
them not to oppose it. Also, because they fear appearing anti-Semitic,
we can’t count of any of them to warn against this dangerous
legislation. It’s up to YOU to help NPN bombard your members
of Congress—especially Republican members of the House Judiciary—today.