JEWISH LEFT, CHRISTIAN RIGHT SQUARE OFF FOR HATE BILL
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
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
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
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