SENATE WILL NOT VOTE ON HATE BILL THIS WEEK
By Rev. Ted Pike
9 May 07
Despite announcement by the www.senate.gov website that the federal
hate bill S. 1105/H.R. 1592 "may receive floor action this week," the
Senate Judiciary Committee as well as the offices of Sens. Kennedy
and Smith (sponsors of the hate bill) now confirm that S. 1105 will
remain in the Senate Judiciary Committee until next week.
Earlier, I was told by aides of Kennedy and Smith that every effort
would be made, with the assistance of Sen. Patrick Leahy, head of
Judiciary, to work with Sen. Harry Reid to bring the hate bill to
a vote by Friday. Now it appears that unexpected delays over Senate
consideration of the FDA bill are rapidly removing the possibility
of a hate bill debate and vote this week.
As a possible sign that Senate Democrats may be increasingly uneasy
about the certainty of passage of S. 1105, I was told that pro-hate
bill leadership may now consider submitting the bill as a rider on
large, easy-to-pass legislation. Final mark-up and exit from Judiciary
is expected at the beginning of next week. Incredibly, no hearings
on S. 1105 have been held or are scheduled in Judiciary.
The delay of S. 1105 is a godsend to all who love freedom. It allows
us precious days to continue to bombard Senate members with calls,
e-mails, letters, and faxes. Callers report to the National Prayer
Network that Senate receptionists say opposition to S. 1105 is now "very
heavy." Our continued communications throughout next week are
vital only to defeat the hate bill. Just as importantly, we must
reassure the President that, if the Senate passes this legislation,
a powerful block of passionate Americans solidly support no compromise
with hate bill forces and a solid veto.
Keep up the good fight!
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
watch dog organization.
At Truthtellers.org we list the 14
Republicans who voted for the hate bill in 2004 and also the 17
are currently not declaring their stand. We must inundate these crucial
Republican Senators with calls this week, especially informing the
members of the Senate from our district that if he or she votes for
the hate bill, we and our friends will never vote for them again.
especially important that you send your senator and his influential
8-10 aides my powerful flyer, “Anti-Hate
Laws Will Make You a Criminal."
Call the White House as well at 202-456-1111.
Leave this message: “Thank you, Mr. President, for
promising to veto the hate bill. I expect you to also reject any modified hate
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:
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. Purchase
this gripping documentary to show at church. Order online at www.truthtellers.org for $24.90, DVD or VHS, by calling 503-853-3688, or at the address
TALK SHOW HOSTS: Interview Rev. Ted Pike on
the threat of hate laws, both federal and state. Call (503) 631-3808.
National Prayer Network, P.O. Box 828, Clackamas,