HOW ENDA ENDS WORKPLACE FREEDOM: PART ONE
By Rev. Ted Pike
15 Sep 09
Employment Non-Discrimination Act is scheduled to move forward
rapidly in the U.S. House of Representatives over the next few
weeks. ENDA's threat to free speech and action is second only
to the federal hate crimes bill (also moving toward signing by
Pres. Obama). ENDA is the Anti-Defamation League's workplace
hate crimes bill. To understand its incredible threat, consider
how far our society has drifted from the ancestral American conception
of our rights.
Traditional American law gave every citizen sole control of his property, to
use any lawful way he wished -- even in discrimination! "Discrimination" was
historically understood as owners' prerogative to choose with whom to share their
property. From Old Testament times, the laws of western Christian civilization
upheld the sanctity of private property. The eighth commandment, "Thou shalt
not steal," is God's endorsement. Accumulation of wealth protects us not only
from want but from tyranny and is thus a bastion of independence.
The Bible relates that in the time of Joseph the Egyptians harshly discriminated
against shepherd peoples such as Joseph's brethren. They considered Egypt their land
and were not obligated to share with those they did not like. Modern civil rights
groups would scream "Apartheid!" but the Bible does not fault the Egyptians.
It tacitly concedes their right to use their property as they wished. Old Testament
law upholds, without exception, the right of landowners to discriminate concerning
use of what is theirs. Greed and lack of charity is condemned, but there is never
any hint that private property or enterprise must be shared with anyone who demands
Jesus taught that an employer's right of discrimination even allowed him to pay
employees very different wages. His parable of the laborers describes an employer
who contracts to give workers a certain amount for a day's work. In the last
hour of the workday, He hires others and pays them the same. The first laborers
grumble, "We have borne the burden of the day." Yet Jesus upholds the employer's
right to use his land and money exactly as he desires, even if it seems discriminatory. "I
do thee no wrong," the landowner told the first laborers. "Didst thou not
agree with me for a penny?...Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my
own?" (Matt. 20:1-16)
Jesus clearly inferred that our sovereign right to do with our property as we
wish reflects the fact that man is made in the image of the ultimate landowner/proprietor,
God. The Almighty is also entitled to use His own resources, distributing gifts
as He chooses. These are Biblical values on which western Christian civilization
erected its legal and social frameworks concerning private property. In America
for more than 200 years, land, buildings, stores and factories were viewed as
belonging to the owner, to be used any lawful way he desired. Owners had the
right to hire or fire according to their will, whether their preferences were
racist, bigoted or not. Their land or business belonged to themselves alone not
society or their employees. Yes, abuses always result from the greed and cold-heartedness
of mercenary employers. But the sovereignty of every citizen to own and use his
property has ruled western society for ages -- a law resting squarely on Biblical
Away Our Birthrights
Why has America abandoned that principle? It's largely because sovereign
free citizens are frightened by government and media claims that too
much wealth, personal autonomy, and self-reliance beget abuses. Gradually
convinced that the government is a wiser, more stable source of lifetime
security, Americans over the past century have handed over their birthrights
as free citizens and landowners to government.
At no time (except during Roosevelt's "New Deal") did Americans give up more
than with passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, enacted in response to abuses
caused by racial segregation. This unprecedented legislation was also passed
as a calculated attempt by liberals and Marxists to end private control of personal
Racial segregation in the South prior to 1964 was the formal, structured legalization
of man's personal freedom to discriminate, a social and government code that
would admit no exceptions. Although historically claiming authorization from
Scripture, in many ways it did not honor New Testament encouragement of free
association between all peoples. The South contained many altruistic institutions
and social organizations to make the "separate but equal" ideal workable; but
segregation also bred many un-Christian attitudes and practices which generated
chronic abuse, injustice, and resentment.
The Marxist revolutionary strategy for conquest of any society is to locate any
pocket of friction between workers and management or between classes or races,
and heighten those tensions. In contrast to the New Testament counsel to overlook
inequities for the sake of long-term peace, Marxism depends on exacerbation of
grievances. Its ultimate aim is to so enrage oppressed groups that they will
function as its "proletariat," ultimately toppling the landed, capitalist "bourgeoisie." Communism
is at war with the whole idea of people or groups owning land and property. Communists
view such empowerment as a formidable barrier to their ambition of world dominion;
thus Communism calls for abolition of private property. To this end, communists
in government, the media, labor unions, and "civil rights" movements do their
best to strip property owners of their rights. (This includes passage of
land use and environmental protection laws, often crippling and harassing private
industry and landowners.) When the autonomy of private owners is destroyed, the
second and final step becomes possible: expropriation of landowners from their
property altogether, collectivizing society under a new central communist government. At
that time all control has been taken from the populace and placed in the hands
of the state.
The civil rights movement, culminating in federal civil rights legislation, contained
a significant percentage of Marxist activists and leaders as well as Jews. The
Anti-Defamation League -- the same Jewish activist group that now promotes hate
crimes laws worldwide -- played a pivotal role in energizing the civil rights
movement. ADL is synonymous with the Marxist agenda. In 1962, as ADL was
ramping up pressure for federal civil rights legislation, it also attempted to
persuade the Portland, Oregon radio station that carried my father's broadcasts
to end their contract with him. ADL told the management, "Rev. Pike is too anti-communist!"
It is well documented that Rev. Martin Luther King associated throughout his
career with a number of known communist leaders (1). Just before he was assassinated,
he publicly endorsed and praised Ho Chi Minh, head of the communist Viet Cong.
Certainly, the civil rights movement was the dominant
cause the American Communist Party championed throughout the 1960s. As a high
school student between 1960 and 1964, I frequently read the communist "People's
World" and "The Daily Worker," whose fervent support of integration and a national
civil rights law was virtually identical in argumentation with ADL and the rest
of the Jewish-dominated media.
New Victim Class
Thus it is not surprising that, when the Civil Rights Act was passed,
its first order of business was to end the right of private individuals
to have complete authority over their property -- primarily businesses
with more than 15 employees. The new law said that if a job applicant
has the same qualifications as others a business owner cannot, for reasons
of race, religion, or sex, deny them employment. In other words, the
business you have toiled to create no longer exists to serve you but
to serve the qualified masses. Property owners since 1964 must provide
sustenance to others, including those they dislike. They dare not fire
them for fear of a federal lawsuit.
As a result, those who correspond to the proletarian working classes are empowered
to exploit employers, forcing them to submit to their desire to benefit from
the employer's business. If any employer discriminates, he can face harsh
fines and even a year in prison -- possibly destroying his business. As
a result, those whom Marxists have historically described as "exploiters of the
masses," businessmen, become exploited by those whom the federal government empowers.
In 1964, most Americans applauded this new inversion of workplace ethics, saying
such was necessary to counterbalance centuries of oppression against the blacks. Few
dreamed that this unprecedented new legal and ethical system would lead to another
group, homosexuals, claiming the same prerogative to take away the property rights
of employers and landowners.
In my next article, I will detail ENDA's assault not only on business and land
owners but on churches and public morality. For now, the simplest way to understand
the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is to think of it much like the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 and subsequent civil rights legislation -- but with homosexuals added
to the list of those who cannot be refused employment, housing, etc. Thanks to
the foundation laid by the Civil Rights Act, this new homosexual rights and empowerment
law is now moving forward in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.
ADL and homosexuals consider ENDA the "second stage" of the civil rights movement. It
is very difficult not to believe that those hidden social engineers and strategists
(largely ADL) who created the first stage, expropriating business and property
owners from their property rights in 1964, did not have this "second stage" clearly
The best way to hold back ENDA is to protest to the crucial members of the House
and Senate Judiciary Committees, available on the action page at www.truthtellers.org. Call toll-free
1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121. Tell them: "Please
do not vote for the freedom-destroying Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA),
Your calls will encourage Republicans to fight ENDA and intimidate Democrats
from moving it forward too quickly without proper hearings. As with the hate
bill this spring, televised hearings open the possibility of delay and mistakes
by the Democrats which lovers of freedom (including NPN) can exploit.
1. This is documented in Martin Luther
King -- The Man Behind the Myth, by Des Griffin, Emissary Publications,
P. O. Box 294, Colton, OR 97017, $10 postpaid (503-824-2050).
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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