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WHO DEFEATED THE HATE BILL?
 

By Rev. Ted Pike
11 Dec 07

 

There has been rejoicing among Christians/conservatives this week - and gloom among the liberals - as a result of the spectacular defeat of the hate crimes bill in Conference between the House and Senate.

Yet, this victory does not reveal the strategic brilliance of conservatives. As in previous hate bill victories, it demonstrated the power of God to create confusion in the hate bill ranks. Victory was assisted very largely by the totally unforeseen, divinely assisted mutiny of a host of Democrats. They revolted not against the hate bill but against an arms appropriations bill that provided no ultimatum for withdrawal from Iraq .

Let's briefly review our unprecedented victory last week:

On Nov. 16 the National Prayer Network widely publicized a credible report that 180 House Republicans and 20 Democrats threatened not to vote for the final conference-approved version of the National Defense Authorization Act. (See, We Can Still Kill the Hate Bill) The hate crimes bill was attached as a rider to it, and NPN recognized this God-given second chance to defeat the hate bill.  Through e-alerts, posted at www.truthtellers.org and sent to new right leaders, and numerous radio interviews, I challenged everyone to widen this rebellion against the arms-and-hate-bill package by vigorous calling of House members.  Sadly, conservative leaders did not seize this opportunity to mobilize their followers but waited until Dec. 4. (See, Conference Hung Up Over Hate Bill)

At the last minute, on Dec. 4, the very day House Democratic leaders were expected to announce whether the hate bill would be stripped from the arms bill, Family Research Council posted a powerful internet alert encouraging readers to demand its removal. The same day I called Janet Folger of Faith2Action, who seemed unaware of this opportunity.  Immediately, she put me on her syndicated radio program and posted a powerful call to protest. On 13 national radio interviews from Monday to Wednesday, I encouraged massive phoning. On the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 4, I sent an emergency e-mail to Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily's hate crimes writer, urging him to post an immediate article.  By 1 o'clock Thursday morning, only hours before the Democrats made the decision to strip the hate bill, WND's article finally came out. It featured FRC's alert and also quoted Janet Folger, "Philly 11" head Michael Marcavage (whom I briefed Tuesday morning), and me. These combined efforts were powerfully effective.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, House Democratic leadership announced they were 40 votes shy of being able to pass the hate bill.  The hate bill was stripped off the arms bill and defeated; 257 House members had joined the rebellion!

Frightening Silence

The silence from most new right leaders, however, was frighteningly reminiscent of their inaction before hate bill passage in September. (Watch, Second Chance for Freedom: Defeating the Hate Bill)  Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America , Traditional Values Coalition, and American Family Association posted no internet calls to action - although I had called them Tuesday morning, urgently explaining in detail this unique opportunity for victory! 

In the aftermath, it is sobering to realize how easily this opportunity could have been missed. Most new right leaders are not showing themselves alert dependable watchmen on the wall.  Their followers should demand that they become proactive and imaginative in their response to this ever-mounting threat to Christianity and freedom – or lose support.

Christ's Christmas Gift to America

As we share gifts this Christmas, let's pause and consider an amazing fact: This second chance to defeat the hate bill was God's gift to America -- from the One we worship at Christmas, Jesus Christ. It was not just we who fought against the hate bill but God and the angels. God indeed mixes religion with politics; He has a vested interest in opposing this anti-Christ legislation because it will outlaw the free speech necessary to proclaim salvation through His Son.

God has again magnificently done His part.  It's up to us to make sure we do ours.

 



Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.

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.

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