HATE BILL HEARINGS CONTINUE APRIL 23!
By Rev. Ted Pike
22 Apr 09
Preceded by a vehement "Jesus Christ!" (not meant
to be recorded), House Judiciary chairman Rep. John Conyers began the
hearing he had tried to prevent. Predicted by homosexual leaders not
to hold hearings on his federal hate crimes bill, HR 1913, he was forced
by public outrage to expose his bill to congressional and even worldwide
By profaning the name of his Creator, Conyers, with twisted appropriateness,
introduced the first round of systematic efforts by Obama and the Democrats
to pass Christian-persecuting federal hate crimes legislation. This
is the same kind of thought crime laws that increasingly are taking
away free speech in the western world. But it will not be just Christians
who will suffer under the jackboot of this Orwellian bill. This legislation
will ultimately silence all whose independence of mind and speech offends
the New World Order.
Pugnacious Republican Judiciary members fought back hard! They responded
with powerful argumentation and through many amendments, attempting
to de-fang or water down HR 1913. Through these amendments, they were
able to focus discussion on all aspects of hate bill flaws and potential
abuses. In doing so, they attempted to sway Conyers and closed-minded
Judiciary Democrats. But they also enlightened an international audience.
Because I was able on Tuesday's very large "Point of View" broadcast
to direct listeners to today's hearings on the Judiciary website, many
thousands worldwide received an eye-opening, first-class education
from these Republican legal experts.
Here are some of the Republican heroes of the day and what they said.
Hate Bill Hall of Praise
Rep. Bob Goodlatte began the Republican offensive, calling HR 1913 "misguided
legislation." His first amendment proposed that, if we are going
to grant special federal rights and protection to homosexual victims
of crime, why not afford the elderly, also widespread crime victims,
the same privilege? He also proposed an amendment providing a special "bar
of protection" statement in the bill absolutely ensuring that
this legislation can never be used to threaten free speech. He suggested
the bill should give pregnant women and their unborn children special
protection -- a request vigorously countered by Rep. Robert Scott who
said the Supreme Court had declared an unborn child is not a human
and has no rights.
Rep. Louie Gohmert also rose to the occasion. He emphasized that the
original 1968 hate law, which HR 1913 amends (Title 18 USC, Section
2a), stipulates that anyone whose rhetoric induces commission of a
hate crime "by a nut" can be tried as a federal hate criminal
along with the active offender. This includes those who quote the Bible's
or the Koran's condemnations of sodomy. He criticized Conyers for not
allowing the bill to first be subjected to vigorous analysis by the
Subcommittee on Crime. Rather, he said it "was pushed forward
to markup without proper preparation." So hasty was this hearing
that the usual witnesses from both sides of the issue, a necessary
part of the legislative fact-finding process, were omitted. This was
not the case two years ago in Judiciary hearings on Conyers' previous
hate bill, HR 1592.
A dramatic moment was provided when Gohmert, backed by Goodlatte and
Rep. Darrell Issa, proposed that a federal hate law be implemented
only when states that do not have hate laws fail to enforce justice
against hate criminals. Conyers was momentarily taken aback by this
unique proposal. But Democrats loudly protested (correctly) that this
amendment would destroy federal sovereignty of the hate bill in all
Reps. King, Forbes, Franks, Issa, and Rooney presented a variety of
other provocative amendments. Rep. King was especially powerful in
argumentation for several amendments he proposed. He requested an amendment
deleting the terms "gender identity" and "perceived
sexual orientation." He demanded from Rep. Tammy Baldwin a concise
definition of those terms. He never got it. He demanded to know how
a bill established on such a sleazy legal substratum could be Constitutional
and not overthrown by the courts. Democrats could only evade his questions.
King proposed an amendment that HR 1913 be accurately titled as a "thought
crimes bill." Finally, he told Conyers he had a total of 10 amendments
prepared and was just getting started! Reluctantly, Conyers agreed
to schedule another hearing on Thursday, April 23. Tune in at 10 o'clock
a.m. EDT at http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/caltoday.html.
Clearly, just as all Republican amendments were rejected, the hate
bill will be passed by lock-stepping liberal House Democrats tomorrow.
Almost as certainly, it will be voted on by the end of the month. Don't
wait. Protest to your House member and your Senators tomorrow morning.
It is especially important to start calling members of the Senate,
where we stand a much greater chance of victory -- probably through
filibuster. Call many Senators! Their names are listed here on the
The Senate hate bill version will soon be introduced and undoubtedly
will move through the Senate as quickly as it is the House -- unless
we again demand hearings!
Call 1-877-851-6437 toll free or 1-202-225-3121
toll. Tell Congressional
"Please don't vote for the hate
crimes bill HR 1913. Hate laws have taken away free speech in Canada
and many European countries."
Also ask staffers to watch the powerful, 10-minute videos which document
the danger of hate laws on www.truthtellers.org.
The convergence of adequate, last-minute warnings, public pressure
on Conyers and Judiciary Democrats to hold hearings, plus a very prepared
Republican contingent in Judiciary (stimulated by three and a half
months of public calling) has exploded in an explosion of truth about
the danger of hate laws. This truth undoubtedly is even now reverberating
through Congress and the internet worldwide. Every lover of freedom
can be enormously proud, at least on the hate bill issue, of our fighting
Watch the dynamic 10-minute educational video How to Kill the
Hate Bills at www.truthtellers.org which
explains how the two hate bills, HR256 and HR262, threaten freedom.
Please tell the offices of members of Congress to watch it! Also
at www.truthtellers.org, watch our gripping 82-minute documentary Hate
Laws: Making Criminals of Christians.
Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have saddled 45 states with
hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and spearhead attempts to pass the
federal hate crimes bill: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
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