GRASSROOTS-PERSECUTING BILL DEFEATED IN HOUSE
By Rev. Ted Pike
25 May 07
Last week, there were massive public protest and objections from
organizations on both the right and left against the grassroots lobbyist
bill H.R. 2093, sponsored by Reps. Shays and Meehan. As a result
of this outcry, H.R. 2093 was abandoned in the House Judiciary Committee.
The question that remained was: Would liberal Democrats attach
similar language to the Conyers lobby reform bill, H.R. 2316, when
it came up for a full House vote?
Yesterday, there was no attempt to attach language placing heavy
reporting requirements upon grassroots citizen activist groups. This
victory in the House follows the January defeat of the very similar
Sec. 220 of Senate bill S. 1., sponsored by Sens. Levin and Lieberman,
representatives of Jewish liberal activism (Anti-Defamation League).
This should end attempts in this Congress to hamstring Christian/conservative
groups through oppressive restrictions.
Getting Through to Congress
The people, having spoken resoundingly, have again altered the
course of history. Organized patriots are now free for at least another
several years to exercise their First Amendment rights of petition
unencumbered by onerous government regulations. We can now move forward
to destroy the remaining bias, speech, and hate crimes bills pending
in Congress. The most threatening are:
First, S. 1105, “The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention
Act.” This slowed in its previously rapid momentum forward
to a vote in the Senate and now resides in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
It was delayed in order to allow Jewish, liberal, and homosexual
groups to build pressure upon President Bush to reverse his decision
to veto it. S. 1105 could now go forward rapidly to a Senate vote.
Call your Senators, reminding them that if they vote for the hate
bill you and your friends will never vote for them again. Come to
www.truthtellers.org for the list of Senators, both Republican and
Democrat, who might be persuaded to vote against the hate bill. Send
your Senators and their influential 8-10 legislative aides my powerful
flyer, “Anti-Hate Laws Will Make You a Criminal.” (All
of the above are available here at truthtellers.org.)
Second, ENDA, “The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.” This
pro-homosexual, anti-Christian legislation, introduced by openly
homosexual Rep. Barney Frank is now in the House Judiciary but has
not been assigned to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil
Rights and Civil Liberties. Call all members of the House Judiciary,
listed at www.truthtellers.org, toll free at 1-877-851-6437 or toll
at 1-202-224-3121. Tell them: “Please don’t vote for “The
Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” H.R. 2015. It is my privilege,
not homosexuals', to determine who can rent my apartment or be employed
in my business."
By massive calling of members of the House Judiciary earlier this
year, protesting the hate bill, we were spectacularly successful
in energizing Republican Judiciary members to stand up and fight.
These calls since early January are largely responsible for the unprecedented
Republican opposition which led to yesterday’s House victory.
We need to be proactive against ENDA in the same way, making this
bill so high profile and controversial that even Democrats will back
away from it, fearful that an increasingly alienated constituency
might vote them out of office.
Hope for the Future
American people, the evidence is undeniable: You are beginning
to take back control of your government. The President and many in
Congress, particularly on the issue of free speech, are listening
to you as never before in recent years. There is a very real chance
now that not just the hate bill but every one of the five bias and
speech control bills that have come before Congress can be defeated.
Regardless of what happens in Europe, America may yet be an island
of truth and freedom. Together, looking to God for courage and guidance,
we can re-create America as a bastion of liberty to be enjoyed by
us and our children -- at least for the next generation.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
watch dog organization.
Let the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith teach you how they
have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians:
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it now in the U.S. Congress. Watch Rev. Ted Pike's Hate
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