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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: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.

Learn how ADL took away free speech in Canada and wants to steal it now in the U.S. Congress. Watch Rev. Ted Pike's Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians at video.google.com. Purchase this gripping documentary to show at church. Order online at www.truthtellers.org for $24.90, DVD or VHS, by calling 503-853-3688, or at the address below.

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