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By Rev. Ted Pike
15 July 09

For two weeks, NPN has been urging protest of attachment of the federal hate crimes bill as an amendment to the defense bill.  The hate bill protects homosexuals and other minorities, but the sole purpose of the DOD bill is protection of America and its troops.

This morning in the Senate Sen. Carl Levin revealed how deeply this objection is getting under the skin of pro-hate bill Democrats.  He admitted that the hate bill is irrelevant to the arms bill, yet argued that attaching irrelevant bills is an acceptable, even common, practice in Congress.

Levin accused members of Congress of delaying a vote on his F-22 amendment for fear the defense bill will become the vehicle for the hate bill.  He said the Senate should abandon such qualms.  They should see the big picture of how important both the defense bill and the hate bill are and move them forward rapidly. He insisted the hate bill amendment will not be dropped.

Then all hell broke loose!  Sen. John McCain took to the floor, accusing the Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Reid of making the hate bill of greater importance than national security.  He castigated the Democrats for doing a complete end run around due process by omitting necessary, extensive hearings and mark-up in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  He said Sen. Reid's decision to move the hate bill through without such consideration is a "great disservice to America." He added that such presumption by the Democrats is "breaking new ground" in disregard for the legislative process and stated he is "deeply, deeply disappointed."

McCain is saying everything we could dream of against the impropriety of attaching a massive hate bill to the arms bill!  He promised to keep fighting.  Hopefully, many Republican Senators will join the attack.

Will you fight with him today?  Far from abandoning our complaint that the hate bill is irrelevant to an arms bill, let's emphasize it more strongly than ever!  Let's discourage Democrats and encourage Republicans with this familiar message: "Attorney General Holder says the federal hate bill, S. 909, will not protect members of America's military. Yet Democrats will attach a hate bill amendment to the arms bill this week.  This is dishonest.  The hate bill has nothing to do with the military." You can add: "Have you watched the video at www.truthtellers.org in which Holder says soldiers are not protected under the hate bill?"  Call toll-free 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121 (names available HERE at www.truthtellers.org).


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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