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By Rev. Ted Pike
30 Apr 13

Rep. Louis Gohmert, former judge and present member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, has frequently warned against the dangers posed to free speech by the federal hate crimes law. He has particularly emphasized the danger of the “Hate Crimes Provision” contained in Title 18, sec. 2a of the Civil Rights Act. This section, to which the entire present hate law is a series of amendments, says if someone publicly expresses ideas that stimulate another to commit a hate crime, the original speaker shall be tried as well as the active offender, receiving the same punishment. Here is the actual text of Section 2(a): "Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal."

Last week, the “FRC shooter,” pro-homosexual activist Floyd Lee Corkins, was found guilty under Washington D.C.'s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002 for the crime of domestic terrorism, a first in U.S. history. Corkins was guilty of an attack on the offices of anti-homosexual Family Research Council. He verbally expressed disapproval of its policies and shot a guard in the arm.

In announcing Corkins’ conviction, which could result in 45 years in prison, the U.S. Attorney's office also released a video in which Corkins frankly states he was incited to such violence by reading inflammatory literature by the Southern Poverty Law Center against FRC. SPLC described the Christian/conservative activist organization as a “hate group,” vilifying their opposition to homosexuality. SPLC even provided online maps, which the FBI found in Corkins' possession, showing exactly how to get to FRC offices.

Corkins’ actions were described by SPLC’s sister Jewish attack organization, the Anti-Defamation League, as a textbook example of a hate crime.  ADL recommended prosecution of Corkins as a hate criminal. Yet, SPLC’s violation of the foundational “Hate Crimes Provision” is also a “textbook” hate crime.  If there is any justice in hate law enforcement, the U.S. Justice Dept. should acknowledge that SPLC powerfully influenced Corkins toward commission of a violent hate crime. SPLC’s founder Morris Dees and spokesman Mark Potok should be indicted and tried exactly as Corkins was, receiving just as severe a penalty.

That is the kind of treatment a Christian, such as the 16 Amish, now beginning sentences of up to 15 years for the “hate crime” of forcibly cutting the hair of some of their Amish theological rivals, would experience. But, as Atty. Gen. Eric Holder revealed in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2009, privileged groups such as Jews, Muslims and homosexuals, are not to be prosecuted under the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  ADL, self-proclaimed originator of hate crimes laws worldwide and primary author of the federal hate crimes law, makes it very clear to hate law enforcers that, even if hate criminals or inciting others to violent hate crimes, Jews need never fear indictment and triple penalties unprotected “haters” may receive. Such “haters” include Christians, whites and males. Although hate laws do not expressly state such exemption for privileged groups, discrimination is an unwritten rule of hate law enforcement, insisted on by ADL and revealed by decades of hate crimes prosecutions in more than 55 countries where ADL hate laws rule.

The fact that hate law prosecutors go along with ADL’s requirement of discrimination against non-favored groups is an enormous conspiracy to pervert justice and equality under a law that outwardly claims to provide equality of protection and punishment. In fact, unlike immediate prosecution of the Amish, the U.S. Justice Department did not prosecute Corkins under the federal hate crimes law, Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  Did they fear he might prove a protected homosexual?  Did they not want to give national publicity to the possibility that a homosexual had committed a hate crime?  This case is such an embarrassment to the liberal pro-homosexual media that some media analysts are astonished at why such a high-profile case is being ignored.

Again, as we saw in my last article about 16 Amish haircutters going this week to federal prison, there is extreme inequality of justice and protection under the federal hate law. (See Convicted Amish Are Not "Hate Criminals") It cruelly sentences multiple Amish fathers and mothers to years of separation from their children while allowing Jews of SPLC to inspire and assist a crime which is truly one of hate and domestic terrorism – and yet go free.

Have the heads of SPLC, Dees and Potok, issued an apology to FRC, recanted their public description of it as a hate group, or removed directions to FRC’s headquarters from their website? FRC says not. To do so would draw attention to the reality that they are hate criminals.  SPLC’s continued arrogance is chilling to me because SPLC also portrayed me a hater and an anti-Semite and put on their website a map of how to get to my home.  Clearly, they would be glad to also lead murderous fanatics to my doorstep.

ADL Protects SPLC

Over the past decades, our nation has endured acts of terrible violence in public places by hate-filled shooters and terrorist fanatics. Every time this happens, ADL/SPLC can be counted on to do their best to link such atrocities to influence from the Christian/conservative right. They are very aware that Title 18, sec. 2a is the law; and if they can prove extreme or harsh words from a right-wing source have definitively influenced commission of a hate crime or acts of terrorist violence, they will not hesitate to demand federal hate law prosecution. They will require that leaders of the offending right-wing organization stand trial as well as the hate criminal they influenced, and bear his punishment also. Without a doubt, they will also demand federal legislation marginalizing the religious right even further as a source of potential hate criminals and domestic terrorists.

Yet, when ADL’s sister Jewish “civil liberties” attack group SPLC commits the very violation of the hate crimes provision that ADL dreams of the American right committing, ADL is silent. Looking the other way, they hope no one will notice the severity of SPLC’s violation of federal law.

But I and others have noticed.  We demand that Atty. Gen. Eric Holder take action to indict SPLC for the hate crime of inciting, aiding and abetting the hate crime of domestic terrorism.

Take Action

It’s time to take action against the federal hate crimes law. We must weaken its credibility, leading to declaration by Congress that it is unconstitutional. We can jumpstart this by protesting to the U.S. Justice Dept. on two outstanding issues. Please make the following demands to USAG Holder at 202-353-1555, AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.

Atty. Gen. Holder:

  1. We protest the exaggerated and needlessly punitive punishments against 16 Amish Christians for the alleged “hate crime” of forcibly cutting their theological rivals’ hair.

  2. We demand that a federal investigation and proceedings against the Southern Poverty Law Center be launched immediately.  SPLC committed a hate crime by inciting Floyd Lee Corkins against Family Research Council, describing FRC as a "hate group."  This helped incline Corkins to commit domestic terrorism against FCR and guard ''Leo'' Johnson.

I have sent this and my previous article to 50 Christian/conservative leadership organizations, including Family Research Council. This is one time the American right, although differing deeply on the subject of Israel, must stand together and agree SPLC has egregiously violated federal law and should be prosecuted under the same hate crimes law it has so passionately supported.

The National Prayer Network does not, under ideal circumstances, believe an evil law should be used to correct an evil law. But it’s time to fight fire with fire. It’s time to serve notice to our budding hate crimes gestapo in Washington that the people are onto them and are angry. Of course, because they are in a protected group as Jews, the leaders of SPLC will not be indicted. But it’s time to protest and bring bad publicity to SPLC and the hate law. We must fan flames of indignation against the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act that will lead to its destruction and to preservation of free speech for the next generation.  


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

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