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23 June, 2009 By Rev. Ted Pike

This Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT the battle to save America from becoming a hate crimes police state will be joined in the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Every American who is able should view the live webcast of the hearing at www.judiciary.senate.gov

But even as the hate bill battle rages, the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith moves forward two more monster hate bills. While it is important that lovers of freedom not allow themselves to become distracted from present opposition to S. 909 in the Senate, we cannot remain ignorant of these new attempts by the ADL to batter down the walls of freedom.

The first is ADL’s "anti-bullying" bill, the "Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act," HR 1966, introduced to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime on May 26. This bill is as simple and direct as the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, S. 909, is complicated and obscure. HR 1966 makes it a federal thought crime to intend to "intimidate" or "harass" anyone over the internet or airwaves. Such "cyberbullying" is punishable by harsh fines and up to two years in prison. It does not define what the terms "intimidate" or "harass" mean. Promoted as legislation to protect America’s youth, its real intention is to remove free speech from the internet altogether.

Here is the essential text:

Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce [radio, TV, internet] any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. (HR 1966, SEC 3, Sec. 881a)

This means that if any pastor, talk show host or guest, or anyone communicating on radio or the internet is repeatedly "hostile" to the practice of homosexuality and "intends" to cause "substantial emotional distress" in homosexuals, leading to repentance, he is guilty. The speaker doesn’t even have to succeed in causing such conviction for sin, even though he will be especially guilty if he does. In either case, the federal government is empowered under this bill to invade any state to prosecute the "bully" of the airwaves.

In legal theory, HR 1966 is a mirror image of ADL’s Canadian federal hate law, Section 319, and its internet hate law, Section 13.1. These statutes state that if any speaker makes statements, even "likely" to cause a member of a federally favored group to feel lessened or intimidated, the speaker is guilty. Yet if he succeeds, the "victim’s" claim of emotional distress is more than enough to convict the critic. Truth is not admitted in hate crimes tribunal courts. Only the feelings of the criticized matter.

House Judiciary Republicans must be warned against HR 1966. They must immediately prepare to oppose it vigorously in the House Judiciary Committee. Otherwise, it could move rapidly to a vote in the House.

Call Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee (names listed on the Action Page at www.truthtellers.org). Call toll-free 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121. Tell them: "Please oppose the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act, HR 1966. It’s another ADL hate crimes bill which outlaws free speech through broadcasting and the internet. Please demand hearings on this very dangerous legislation."


ENDA to be introduced in the House

The second impending bill is ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. According to the Washington Blade (June 17, 2009, "Representative Frank Close to Introducing ENDA"), ENDA will soon be introduced in the House Judiciary. "An aide to U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Wednesday that the congressman plans to introduce a revised version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act next week that will include protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people."

ENDA is ADL’s workplace/real estate "anti-hate" law which forces businessmen and even church leaders to hire homosexuals — and not fire them for "bias" reasons — on penalty of huge fines and possible imprisonment. It also forces property owners to sell or rent to homosexuals, suffering similar penalties if they "discriminate."

Although ENDA is very threatening, House Republicans are familiar with it, having battled ENDA in the previous Congress. I believe they can be counted upon to take action.

Once you have called the House Judiciary Republicans concerning the threat of cyberbullying bill HR 1966, you should re-focus your attention on repeated calling of all 100 members of the Senate in protest of the federal hate bill, S. 909. Tell them not to vote for the "pedophile-protecting" hate bill, promising that if they do you and your friends will never forgive or forget.

Senate Majority Leader Reid says he wants a vote on the hate bill before summer recess. If we can kill the hate bill, S. 909, before Congress departs, it will send a powerfully demoralizing message to ADL, Reid, and the homosexual lobby to back off ENDA, the cyberbullying bill, and other freedom-stealing legislation ADL has in the works.

This week’s protest, leading up to Thursday’s hearing, must be massive — letting all pro-hate bill Senators know as never before that a vote for the pedophile-protecting hate bill means our undying opposition. Even if we live thousands of miles from their districts, we will make sure, through use of internet, talk radio, etc., that they never return to Congress.

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