PASSAGE OF HATE BILL RIGGED!
By Rev. Ted Pike
28 Sep 07
Will Bush betray his promise to veto the hate bill? Sen.
Kennedy thinks so, but I don’t. I believe conservative leaders
and Senators let the hate bill pass so Bush can be exalted as the
defender of freedom, redeem his sagging ratings, and give new life
to the Republican bid for the White House in 2008.
The evidence is overwhelming.
At midday , Tuesday, Sept. 25, Kennedy demanded a vote on the hate
bill. This should have electrified at least 30 million evangelicals
and their leaders. Yet the websites of the largest new right organizations
remained barren, for at least 24 hours, of any postings describing
this alarming development. (See, Hate
Bill Ready for a Vote and Do
New Right Leaders Want Hate Bill Passed?) Conservative leaders
warned the previous Wednesday and Thursday that the defense authorization
bill was now in the Senate and Kennedy might try to attach his hate
bill. (See, New
Right De-Emphasizes Hate Bill)
Yet, when that actually happened last Tuesday, there was silence.
At least six of the largest new right watchdog groups did not take
advantage of this last-minute opportunity to bring in perhaps three
million calls to the Senate. 1 Instead, the same trickle of
the previous week was documented on Tuesday and Wednesday by our
staff. On Wednesday, the day before passage of the hate bill, we
polled 38 Republican Senators’ offices. We found most receiving
from 5-50 calls a day against the hate bill, with several receiving
none. Instead of thunder from the new right, an unbelievable silence
continued for at least a day after Kennedy demanded a vote.
All these organizations receive my e-alerts describing the imminent
vote and pleading for action. None responded, at least with internet
warnings. That is, until Wednesday afternoon when it became highly
probable that the hate bill would be voted on Thursday morning. By
Wednesday afternoon, when Senate offices were closing on the East
Coast and it was virtually too late, Focus on the Family, Family
Research Council and Traditional Values Coalition had sprung into
action, calling for massive protests. Yet, even if such protest was
made Thursday morning, Senators were already on the floor of the
Senate, ready to deliberate and vote.
Although Sens. Cornyn, Sessions, and McConnell briefly criticized
the hate bill, all were weak, in my opinion, except Sen. Orrin Hatch.
They did not equal the fervor and argumentation of speeches by at
least 11 Republicans against the hate bill this May in the House.
This relatively anemic response by most Republican Senators was consistent
with the fact that, all day Tuesday and Wednesday, no Senators except
Hatch took opportunity to address the Senate against the hate bill.
Pro-hate bill Democrats made powerful use of that time.
This conspiracy of silence was not accidental, either on the part
of religious/conservative leaders or most Republican Senators. It
was calculated, undoubtedly from the White House, that through passage
of the hate bill, the President would have a stage on which he can
now ride his white horse, slaying the hate bill dragon against great
odds -- the champion of free speech and Christian/Republican values!
The American people, and especially the supporters of the new right,
have been treated very poorly through this deception. Be assured,
new right leaders are going to make the most out of the President’s “heroism” as
the savior of free speech. They are going to pretend there was nothing
more they could have done to defeat the hate bill. Already this morning,
Family Research Council claims to have stood in the gap against the
hate bill passage and asks donors to contribute $1.2 million to help
fight hate laws.
Unless you and I speak out now, the “spin masters” of
both the left and right will quickly sweep this conspiracy under
the rug, forgotten in the new effusion of patriotism it is meant
to create. By every means possible, send this article everywhere.
Let’s not let them get away with this!
1. These are Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America
, American Family Association, Traditional Values Coalition, Faith
2 Action, and Family Research Council.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
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.
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