Regulating ’Hurtful Speech’ with All the Efficiency of the Post Office
How do you feel about the creation of a federal “anti-hate” bureaucracy “regulating group defamation” and operating with all the efficiency of the U.S. Post Office? This bureaucracy would regulate which speech is acceptable and which is criminal because it might stimulate “harassment” and “intimidation” against specified groups, including homosexuals? Passage of a federal “hate crimes” law (HR 1592) would take America one giant step closer to that leftist goal.
Folks, the time to act is NOW to stop “Thought Crimes” (“Hate Crimes”) legislation in Congress. Please take this threat to our liberties very seriously: with homosexual activists and lawyers already putting their aberrant-sex-based “rights” above our freedoms of religion, conscience and association, why would anyone believe them when they say they don’t want to censor “hurtful speech”? (And don’t forget: most define mere opposition to their agenda as “hate.”)
TAKE ACTION: Call your member of the House and Senate immediately to oppose H.R. 1592 and all “hate (thought) crimes” legislation! Call toll-free 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121. There is much more information at http://www.truthtellers.org/ and these other pro-family websites: http://www.traditionalvalues.org/; http://www.frc.org/, http://www.cwfa.org/, and http://www.stopthoughtcrimeslaws.com/ (Check out Janet Folger’s “Hate Crimes Discount Coupon” HERE.)
Ted Pike of the National Prayer Network has done yeoman’s work warning religious people about the implications of “thought crimes” legislation pushed by, among other leftist groups, the Anti-Defamation League, a pro-homosexuality group whose agenda has strayed far beyond the noble calling of fighting anti-Semitism.–Peter LaBarbera
Here’s Pike’s latest Alert:
By Rev. Ted Pike
The House version of the federal “anti-hate” bill, H.R. 1592, is scheduled for a last hearing in the Subcommittee on Crime on Tuesday, April 24. The next day the entire House Judiciary Committee will consider the marked-up version, making its own changes. If approved, the bill will be sent forward to the House to be voted on, perhaps immediately.
Those who love free speech must respond NOW with unprecedented calling, not only to the member of the House from your district but to as many members of the House of Representatives as possible. All House members are listed at http://www.truthtellers.org/. The toll-free number is 1-877-541-6437, or call toll 1-202-224-3121.
Tell them: “Please don’t vote for any hate crimes legislation. Hate laws have taken away free speech in Canada and many European Countries.”
Hate Bill: Worse Than We Imagined
Most persons who are concerned about imminent passage of the federal “anti-hate” bill don’t realize that S. 1105 in the Senate and H.R. 1592 in the House are actually amendments to a federal hate law passed in 1968. During the height of the civil rights movement, “Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 245″ stipulated that no one could verbally “…attempt to…intimidate” another person (chiefly black) away from enjoyment of their federally protected right to equal employment, public services, housing, voting rights, jury privileges, etc. If the government finds such verbal “intimidation” in a state and state officials are not enforcing these guarantees, the federal government can invade states’ rights in local law enforcement, upholding Title 18.
Title 18 is considered a “hate crimes” law because it criminalizes bias-motivated, verbal attempts to “intimidate” blacks by persuading them that they are intellectually, hygienically, or morally inferior — unfit to eat at the same lunch counter, attend the same church, work in the same business, get the same education, live in the same apartment complex, or serve on the same jury with whites.
New Teeth for 60′s Hate Crimes Law
Fast forward from 1968 to 2007. Instead of guaranteeing such protection just for religion, race and gender, the present hate bill grants it to homosexuals, transvestites, and transsexuals. If the House passes H.R. 1592 this week, it will include not just the language of the present bills posted at the government website but also that of Title 18, making it federally indictable to “…attempt to…intimidate” a homosexual from believing that he (even if he has AIDS or hepatitis) has the right to work in a restaurant, be employed as a police officer or summer camp counselor, or has equal rights to housing and employment anywhere he wishes.
A pastor, Christian broadcaster or publisher who verbally attempts to “intimidate” homosexuals by describing homosexuality as an abomination (Lev. 18:22) are thus high-profile targets for indictment under this legislation.
The federal hate bill, incorporating Title 18, is clearly much more than an attempt to put down violent hate crimes in the states. It is a speech crime bill that, if passed, could immediately outlaw not only discrimination against homosexuals in employment or housing but also public criticism of sodomy.
Homosexuals Can Become Clergy
The Civil Rights Act of 1965 made it a federal crime for a church to discriminate against a black by refusing to hire him in any position, including clergy, because of the color of his skin. The hate bill now before Congress could make it the same crime for a church to refuse to hire, even as clergy, a homosexual because of his “sexual orientation.”
The reason Title 18 has been ineffective from 1968 as a federal tool of hate crimes law enforcement is because the government had to prove that a bias crime in a state violated a federally protected right. Such cases were few and far between. The present expanded hate bill places no such restrictions upon the government, entitling a federal hate crimes Gestapo to intervene in states’ rights in law enforcement anytime it pleases.
It’s Now or Never For Christians
Church leaders, you should hold an emergency service, not only praying against the passage of the federal hate bill but also insisting that every member of your congregation protest to their House and Senate members immediately. For a quick education on the dangers of hate laws, print out hundreds of my flyer “Anti-Hate Laws Will You a Criminal” (Download Hate Crimes Flyer) and distribute to your church.
And, since most congregations prefer an occasional good movie instead of a sermon, why not show my video, Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians? It reveals how free speech from the pulpit is now dead in Canada and could be dead in your pulpit in several weeks. That is unless you act NOW.
Rev. Ted Pike is the director of the National Prayer Network, a national Christian/conservative watchdog organization.
Call your member of the House and Senate immediately protesting all hate crimes legislation! Call tollfree 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121. Come to http://www.truthtellers.org/ for much more information on how you can help save free speech in America.
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.
Learn how ADL took away free speech in Canada and wants to do it right 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 http://www.truthtellers.org/ for $24.90, DVD or VHS, by calling 503-853-3688, or at the address below.
NATIONAL PRAYER NETWORK, P.O. Box 828 Clackamas, OR 97015 ; 503-631-3808
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