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JEWISH LEFT, CHRISTIAN RIGHT SQUARE OFF FOR HATE BILL BATTLE

By Rev. Ted Pike
22 Feb 07

Last November, I sounded the alarm that with Democrats in control of Congress, the Anti-Defamation League could reintroduce its federal “anti-hate” bill any time after January 3 (See, Democrats’ Control Means Hate Bill Will Pass). They did, January 5.

Since November, I have been interviewed on 65 radio and TV national talk shows, warning that Democrat control means almost certain passage of the hate bill—unless America erupts in protest. During the past 3 months, thanks largely to the faithfulness of Jeff Rense to post my warnings to his huge audience, Congress (especially the Judiciary Committee members) has been besieged with calls. Legislative aides have also been peppered with my flyer, “Anti-Hate Laws Will Make You a Criminal.”

Liberal Jews Worried

This mounting threat to survival of the hate bill in House Judiciary has not gone unnoticed by liberal Jewish activists. The powerful Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), in a recent action alert, calls its myriad members and member agencies to help pass the federal hate bill. JCPA says this legislation will give the federal government control over hate crimes prosecution in the states; it will also establish “bias motivation” as a pretext for federal jurisdiction. JCPA thinks these are good things! The organization decries present limits on federal power to sweep in and intervene when a homosexual or transvestite alleges a bias-motivated incident.

JCPA is just one of the Jewish organizations backing the ADL’s push for a hate crimes bureaucracy in the US. In 2004, JCPA adopted a resolution calling for federal hate crimes legislation. This year the Jewish Security and Bill of Rights Task Force also “identified this bill as a top priority,” according to JCPA. JCPA urges Jews to schedule meetings with their members of Congress, and urge lawmakers to co-sponsor the hate bill and promote it when they return from the present recess.

The Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) also confirmed Jewish leadership in “anti-hate” legislation in a recent article titled, “Jewish Groups Back Bias Bill.”

“US Jewish groups are backing a proposed bill that would expand prosecution of hate crimes,” reports JTA. “The Anti-Defamation League is leading the lobbying for the bill and the National Council of Jewish Women and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs are considering making it one of two bills their activists bring to their “lobbying days” during national conference this winter.”

Religious Right Aroused

Fortunately, the religious right is also, at last, mobilizing in response to the hate bill. As late as a week or two ago, a number of the largest conservative organizations did not even know there was a hate bill in the new Congress. Such ignorance has vanished. Largely as a result of my recent article (published by Rense and extensively quoted in a Feb. 15th article by World Net Daily) and behind-the-scenes influence on these organizations by NPN supporters, the slumbering giant is at last arousing itself for battle.

Several of the very largest political action groups, Focus on the Family and American Family Association, have assured us that defeat of the hate bill is now a top priority for them. Today, Focus on the Family said Dr. Dobson will boldly, immediately, oppose the hate bill, calling his millions of followers to action. Focus on the Family is now urging protest to the 40 members of the House Judiciary Committee. AFA’s national alert against the hate bill was emailed yesterday to 3 million subscribers.

Meanwhile, smaller new right organizations like Exodus International, Liberty Council, American’s for Truth and the Constitution Party are springing up with calls for action against the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act, HR 254.

Moment of Crisis

Who will prevail in this raging battle? Will the USA remain the last great nation with freedom of speech, or will we be muzzled by the ADL speech bans now shackling Canada and Europe?

The outcome depends on you.

If “we the people” speak loudly enough—earth shakingly enough—especially calling all members of the House Judiciary, we can save freedom during this session of Congress. This means two more years of free speech for you and your children.

That’s a pretty big payoff for an hour of calling Congress tomorrow.


HR 254 is presently assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, but as a streamlined version of a bill that previously passed in the House, it could race forward to passage very quickly. Call all 40 members, available at www.truthtellers.org and protest.

Also call your House member and two state senators at 1-877-851-6437. Send them and their influential legislative aides Rev. Ted Pike's flyer, "Anti-Hate Laws Will Make You a Criminal." All this information is available at www.truthtellers.org.

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