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By Rev. Ted Pike
11 July 09

Last week the Washington Blade online newspaper, quoting the Human Rights Campaign and a high-ranking staffer in Senate Majority Leader Reid's office said Senate Democrats are planning to attach the federal hate crimes bill, S. 909, as a rider to the 2010 Department of Defense bill.  The DOD bill is scheduled to begin Senate floor action at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday.  Since S. 909 is an "omnibus bill," Sen. Reid or any cosponsor might introduce it as an amendment.  Amendments could be offered any time next week!

Nearly two years ago, Sen. Kennedy requested immediate vote on his hate bill amendment at the very onset of Senate floor action on the DOD bill.  He wanted it approved as a "uniform consent agreement," bypassing debate.  It was blocked by an alert Sen. John McCain, but the same could happen Monday.

Over the past several decades, passing shaky or unpopular bills by quietly attaching them as amendments to the underbelly of big "must pass" legislation has become very popular, particularly with Congressional Democrats.  But this practice has become increasingly unpopular with the American people, who view it as underhanded.  Here's how the Democrats keep getting away with it:  If the bill to be added has no relevance to the host bill, every effort is made to contrive some thread of relationship.  If that can't be done, the incongruous package must be passed very quietly.

Several weeks ago, the Democrats scheduled a news conference to announce attachment of their hate bill amendment to the travel promotional bill.  Yet, at the last minute, they changed their minds.  Why?  Probably because violent hate crimes and travel are about as unrelated as can be imagined.   Already under intense fire by bad publicity and public protest (primarily instigated by the National Prayer Network), Reid feared withering scorn from Senate Republicans, with possible agreement and defection of Democrats.  As a result, the travel/hate bill could neither be legitimized nor passed quietly.

Two years ago, Senate Democrats, such as Kennedy and Republican Gordon Smith, passionately argued for the relevance of a hate crimes amendment attached to that year's military appropriations bill.  They said that, especially with advent of unpopular wars, our servicemen and women have become vulnerable to hate crimes.  After Vietnam, many returning service personnel endured insults and even bias-motivated assaults for wearing the American uniform.  Passage of a federal hate bill, they argued, ensured military personnel would receive the same federal hate crimes protection granted other beleaguered groups.

Now fast forward to the testimony of Attorney General Holder in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on June 25, 2009.  Holder boldly contradicted the claim that our military need special protection under S. 909.  He said an American serviceman, recently killed by a Muslim terrorist motivated by hatred and bias against the American military, was not the victim of a hate crime!  The soldier's Islamic assailant, according to Holder, will not be tried as a hate criminal if the federal hate bill is passed. Only historic civilian members of oppressed groups, such as homosexuals, blacks, Native Americans, Jews and women, will be protected.

Holder, as the nation's top law enforcement authority, says the federal hate crimes bill has absolutely no relevance to a military appropriations bill!  No American service personnel will in any way benefit from it.

Clearly, Reid and Senate Democrats are presently failing to satisfy the two essential criteria for successfully attaching a controversial, unrelated bill to one sure to pass.  They have not the thinnest thread of relevance between the two, and passage would have to occur under the intense floodlights of public scrutiny and criticism -- the worst possible environment for shaky legislation.

We Can Back Down a Hate Bill Amendment!

At 6 a.m. PST on Monday, when Senate offices open, we must put overwhelming pressure on the Democrats to back off with their hate bill amendment.  We shouldn't wait even until later in the day.  Call toll-free 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121 ( names available HERE at www.truthtellers.org).

Tell Senators: "Attorney General Holder says the federal hate bill, S. 909, will not protect members of America's military. Yet Democrats may 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?"

Republican Senators also need to be notified that they may have to rise to debate the hate bill early next week. (Most didn't two years ago, and the hate bill passed.)  My calls to some of their offices, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, reveal they seem quite unaware that Reid may launch a "sneak attack," bypassing the usual amenity of significant advance notice.

Don't Listen to Dobson's Defeatism

In contrast to this workable plan to restrain hate bill passage, on Thursday, Focus on the Family's James Dobson and Tom Minnery along with Family Research Council's Tony Perkins covered themselves with shame by announcing to Dobson's vast audience that it is now impossible to defeat the hate bill.  Everyone, they agreed, will just have to endure the swing of a far left pendulum, which will involve persecution of Christians.  Eventually, social/religious pressures will swing the pendulum back to the right. Meanwhile, prayer is our only recourse. (Listen to the Dr. Dobson Thursday broadcast at the bottom of the page.)

Focus on the Family and FRC, perhaps the two most powerful evangelical "watchdog" groups, have done virtually nothing of real significance to fight the hate bill since January.  Dobson finally came out with an alert three days before the hate bill passed the House on April 29, 2009.  FRC overflowed with at least biweekly alerts through the winter and spring on every conceivable piece of legislative mischief in Congress. But it almost entirely failed to effectively warn its constituents of the hate bill threat, by far the greatest danger!  At last, the reason for this silence is clear: They gave up long ago!

These derelict watchmen precisely correspond to the ten spies who searched out the land of Canaan and came back with their discouraging report.  They said that because the Hebrews were outnumbered it was impossible to conquer the Canaanites and occupy God's promised land.  Seeing only horizontally and with fleshly eyes, Dobson, Minnery, and Perkins likewise compute that because the Democrats in the Senate outnumber conservatives by a handful of votes it is now impossible for Almighty God to intervene, as He has done five times since 1998, confounding the Democrats and defeating the hate bill. 

What blasphemy against God and His Son Who said, "If you believe, all things are possible!" (Matt. 17:20) Jesus said that if we have faith as a grain of mustard seed and it corresponds with God's will, this "mountain" (the hate bill) will slide into the sea (the Potomac)!

How different from the young Jonathan and his plucky armor bearer as they scaled a Philistine rampart against all odds, saying that with God there is no restraint to save by many or by few. (I Sam. 14:5)  These evangelical leaders are exactly like the elders of Israel in the time of Samson when they came to bind him, saying, "Don't you know that the Philistines are rulers over us!" (Judges 15:11)

The truth is, we are not hopelessly outnumbered in the Senate.  Even the top aide to Sen. Reid conceded to the Washington Blade, "It's going to be very, very close….as it has been in the past."

Two years ago, doomsayer Dobson also said all was lost.  Because of the irrefutable fact of numerical superiority of the Democrats, he said the hate bill would surely pass. Yet, even after he was proven wrong and the hate bill defeated, he seems to have learned nothing about God's power to save.

Are we a minority?  Are we in the midst of crisis -- just as the Hebrews were on the shores of the Red Sea with the armies of pharaoh bearing down on them?  Yes, we are, yet God flourishes in times of our weakness and extremity.   He actually prefers such seeming hopelessness so that when His people finally believe in His awesome power to save and take action, and He makes the way of escape, no man will be able to claim credit.  All the glory must properly go to Christ, our only Savior.

Unlike the dismal report of "Dr. Do Nothing" and his cohorts, I hope that my words and yours embody the spirit of faithful Joshua and Caleb who said, "Let us go up at once…for we are well able to overcome." (Num. 13:30)


**Listen to Focus on the Family's James Dobson betray efforts to fight the Hate Bill with action:

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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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