ADL: PROSECUTE TEA PARTY "HATE SPEECH!"
By Rev. Ted Pike
15 Apr 10
The Jewish Anti-Defamation League says alleged racial slurs by Tea
Party protestors against Congress members last month are "hate
speech" and not protected by the First Amendment. According to
Party protestors "crossed the line" with racial
slurs against black Congressmen. Such slurs, ADL head Abe Foxman contends, "are
not constitutionally protected, and require a strong legal response."
Foxman says, "Four months ago, ADL documented an undercurrent
of rage sweeping across the United States. Unfortunately, that rage
is spreading, like a rash, creeping steadily from the fringes of our
society into the mainstream. Our leaders should demand criminal prosecution
for those who cross the line."
Really? Such slurs are socially repugnant—and often unconstitutionally
prosecuted under ADL-inspired state and local hate crime statutes.
But racial, "homophobic," and "anti-Semitic" slurs are protected
by the First Amendment. Threat of imminent violence against a Congressman
is illegal. But tolerance of slurs as well as profane, obscene, and
blasphemous speech is a necessary side effect of America's unique efforts
to protect speech as much as possible. The government can’t prosecute
people for hurting others' feelings!
Several months ago, Democratic leadership responded to Rep. Wilson’s
public accusation that President Obama was a "liar" by severely
limiting Congressional members’ freedom to criticize the President.
If Republican and Democrat leadership take Foxman's advice and go a
step further, they will criminalize perhaps offensive, yet constitutionally
protected, speech by Tea Party members as well.
How would this draconian speech ban be enforced? By ADL’s readymade
federal hate crimes law!
The hate crimes law criminalizes not just violent hate crimes but
also general bias crimes against persons or property. ADL considers
public slurs against protected groups a hate crime in the dozens of
hate crime bureaucracies it has created worldwide. If Congress follows
its recommendations, the US Justice Department could initiate test
indictments for statements that are racially or sexually derisive.
In appeals courts, liberal judges would likely uphold the federal interest,
outlawing the bias and words that ostensibly lead to crimes of prejudice.
The hate law would thus morph into a full-blown speech crimes law.
With such precedent the government could also criminalize much "seditious," "violence-inciting," and "terrorist" hate
speech at Tea Party protests and online.
The hate law is also meant to "prevent" hate crimes. This
suggests a federal mandate to discourage the biased thoughts and words
which the government views as causing hate crimes.
The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act is also meant
to prosecute hate crimes “and for other purposes”—known
only to its framer, ADL.
The ADL just produced a 20-page report, "Violent Voices: Anti-Government
Extremism Takes on New Intensity." The report gives examples of "hate
speech" now proliferating on the internet and suggests these words
will lead to violence. ADL
says, "We are deeply concerned about
the current trend and about the fact that a significant minority is
coming to believe that methods of peaceful protest have failed and
the time has come where violence may be necessary or justified. If
this trend continues, the Hutaree arrests may come to be seen not as
the culmination, but rather as the first step in a necessary and significant
national law enforcement operation. "
Our Right to "Threaten" Government
Freedom of speech and conscience should mean that if Americans believe
a member of Congress truly betrayed our nation and Constitution they
have the right to say so. In the early 1950s, Americans demanded the
execution of atomic spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Today, they have
the same right to the opinion that, following due process, execution
of a treasonous public official is justified. A government guilty of
treason also deserves a violent end. This last, desperate option is
upheld by the Constitution, and millions now believe revolution may
be publicly advocated.
Contrary to ADL's depiction of such verbal sentiment as unlawful,
this view springs primarily from patriotic conviction, not "hate." Although
countless Americans may now hold this opinion, it does not mean they
intend to imminently execute traitors. It is not in the same category
as sending an email to one's Congressman, threatening to kill him at
his next town hall meeting. Yet if ADL is successful in making slurs
indictable, soon all who "threaten" government officials
through “uncivil” speech could be viewed as hate criminals.
Several years ago, a Canadian angrily emailed his Member of Parliament
for permitting excessive immigration. The MP filed hate crimes charges
under ADL’s Canadian hate laws, and the charges were upheld.
Since the number of Americans now uttering "seditious" sentiments
is so large, ADL is clearly beginning to condition the public to believe
that sweeping legislative action and prosecution may be necessary to
Jewish Left Infiltrating Tea Party?
The vulnerability of Tea Party members to such prosecution is heightened
by efforts of the organized Jewish left to damage the Tea Party, possibly
by infiltrating Tea Party meetings with "agent provocateurs." In
its article, "Foes
of Tea Party Movement to Infiltrate Rallies," Yahoo
"Opponents of the fiscally conservative tea party movement say
they plan to infiltrate and dismantle the political group by trying
to make its members appear to be racist, homophobic, and moronic.
Jason Levin, creator of http://www.crashtheteaparty.org said Monday
the group has 65 leaders in major cities across the country who are
trying to recruit members to infiltrate tea party events for April
15 th--tax filing day, when tea party groups across the country are
planning to gather and protest high taxes…Levin says they
want to exaggerate the group's least appealing qualities, further
distance the tea party from mainstream America and damage the public's
opinion of them."
This could well include yelling racist, anti-Semitic, or homophobic
What will keep possible Jewish provocateurs, shouting slurs, from
themselves being indicted under possible hate law enforcement? Simple.
Attorney-General Eric Holder made perfectly clear last spring in the
hate bill's Senate Judiciary hearing that Jews are protected from indictment
under the hate law. Meanwhile, indicted whites, Christians, and conservatives
face at least triple penalties. If a Jewish provocateur did shout the "N" word
and were arrested, it is unlikely a local governing body would prosecute
him as a hate criminal. But if a white Christian Tea party member did
so, he could face possible years of imprisonment under ADL’s
state and federal hate laws. (See, NPN video 'Holder
Admits: No Equality Under Hate Bill' at Truthtellers.org)
Time for Wisdom, Not Violence
If the militia, Tea Party, and far right activists can retain self-control
for the next six months, both US Senate and House can be restructured
at midterms in November. This could revive hopes and confidence in
legislative reform via public input and ballot, not bullet! But if
right wing bigotry and violence erupt, it will delight the circling
wolves of liberals and Jewish media, who will go in for the kill. Already,
Jewish-dominated NBC is preparing a primetime special against the “Christian” Hutaree
and militia. As master myth makers, Jewish media will create new mythologies
surrounding the right in America. They will rival those already enshrined
in history books against Nazism and Sen. Joseph McCarthy. (See, Jews
Confirm Big Media is Jewish)
If the right cannot control itself, it may end all hopes of national
restoration. In 1989 the Chinese people rose in patriotic wrath and
idealism, marching on Beijing to "throw the bums out." But
they were repulsed by tanks and machine guns in Tiananmen Square. Today,
all hopes of freedom in China are extinguished. The Chinese now content
themselves with materialism. Anyone who militates against the government
is considered worse than a madman. If the present populist revolt fails,
America will probably plunge into the same fatalistic hopelessness.
Is there hope? Yes, if the Right doesn’t destroy itself.