PREACHERS OF HATE
By Harmony Grant
28 Oct 08
“Preachers of hate” must now recant their views or
stay out of the United Kingdom. On October 28, Home Secretary Jacqui
Smith introduced Orwellian new rules meant to keep out of the
UK foreign-born people who allegedly want to incite religious or
racial hatred. Over 200 people have already been put on a no-entry
list; they usually don’t know it until they’re prevented
from entering the country. Now the watch list will become public
and shared with other nations, so the unwanted can be “named
and shamed.” According to the Guardian, the list includes
mostly neo-Nazis, anti-abortionists, and extremist Muslim clerics. For
“These measures are aimed at preventing anyone who will stir up tensions
in the UK from entering the country,” said
a government official. Wow! That list could get pretty long, pretty fast.
It would include every social or religious reformer in the world’s history.
These unwanted agitators “will also be placed on international watch lists
which tell other countries that they have been banned and why they were not allowed
in.” If the EU decides to hop on board, it can easily sanction countries
which do let rebels in. Globalization won’t just mean a Starbucks
on every corner; it will mean a ban in every airport.
It is bad enough to create speech laws that criminalize what people want to say.
But these laws refuse entry to those with “unacceptable” ideas, before
they’ve even committed a speech crime!
The Guardian claims the law “does not permit somebody to be banned
for simply holding disagreeable political views but will apply to those who advocate
illegal means to further them.” Yet the same article explains that some
people were listed for “inciting hatred.” This can be done merely
by expressing ideas or pointing out the truth about another person or group of
It should frighten us all to realize the elite of our western societies have
embraced bans on hatred, an emotion, and the words and ideas that can create
it. Emotions, thoughts, and beliefs should never fall under the gavel of government.
Yet in our modern society, a woman enjoys more privilege and “right to
privacy” over the unborn person in her womb than over the thoughts in her
own mind. Her “right to her own body” means she can end that life;
yet in Canada and many nations of Europe she is not allowed to express
ideas, true or not, that might “incite hatred” against certain groups.
Muslim clerics are hardly the only people who will land on these watch lists.
The powerful Jewish Anti-Defamation League claims that Christians “incite
hatred” by believing and teaching New Testament doctrines. (See, ADL's
Foxman: New Testament is Anti-Semitic) How long will it be before Christianity
itself is outlawed as a public menace?
That might sound crazy, considering how much of our nation is still red-state
territory and heartily evangelical. Yet our U.S. State Department's Office of
Global Anti-Semitism already says Christians who believe Jewish leaders had Christ
crucified are "classic anti-Semites." (See, Bible
is Hate, says U.S. Government) In Canada (presumably a Christian
nation), making such a charge from the pulpit is said to hold Jews up to "hatred
and contempt" as "Christ-killers;" this speech crime can be punished
with a $5000 fine. That's just for the first offense. Prison will follow for
pastors who won't stop preaching the New Testament record.
Consider these ominous U.S. examples. A Virginia pastor and town councilman is
challenging a Supreme Court ruling that forbids him from ending his prayers “in
Jesus’ name,” even though prayer that doesn’t mention Jesus
is allowed. An
Oklahoma mayor quickly backed out of partially funding a sidewalk sculpture
of Jesus, after heat from “church-state separation” groups; the same
town had to pay $200,000 in legal fees last year after losing a court battle
to keep the cross on their seal. College students in California faced
rebuke and letters of suspension for praying on campus for their sick teacher.
If Christianity is so hateful that public expression of it must be silenced,
how long before Christians fill the pages of international watch lists? It will
not be long. Christians and all Americans must loudly oppose the criminalization
of hatred, however noble that might sound—and the criminalization of speech,
however offensive the speech.
Harmony Grant writes and edits for 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.
Learn how ADL took away free speech in Canada and wants to steal
it now in the U.S. Congress. Watch Rev. Ted Pike's Hate
Laws: Making Criminals of Christians at video.google.com.
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