BEHIND THE “HATE BILL” BATTLE ON CAPITOL
By Rev. Ted Pike
On October 20th, in a stunning victory for freedom,
the Senate Judiciary Committee voted not to add Senator Edward Kennedy’s “anti-hate” bill,
S.1145, onto the Children’s Safety Act, H.R.3132.
This effectively blocked further movement of the House version of
the hate bill (passed as Amdt. 2662) toward a vote in the Senate.
This was a shocking reversal for the homosexual lobby, a powerful
force behind all anti-hate legislation.
Since then, I have been calling Senators who support and oppose
the hate bill, attempting to discover what really happened in Judiciary.
This is vital to ascertain the prospects of passage of this Orwellian
What I have discovered is sobering.
To understand the possible success or defeat of the hate bill, we
have to first comprehend the motivations and pressures upon Senator
Edward Kennedy. Kennedy has powerful groups pressuring him, notably
the pedophile lobby - an emerging political force in the Capitol.
They are becoming increasingly visible and vocal through such political
action groups as NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association.
Pedophiles hate the Children’s Safety Act and its similar Sex
Offender Registration and Notification Act of 2005, S.1086. These
bills were created and sponsored not by liberals but by conservative
Republicans who also oppose the hate bill (such as Hatch, Sensenbrenner,
and DeLay). S.1086 and H.R.3132 are extremely punitive toward convicted
pedophiles. Kennedy’s pedophile supporters demand that he do
his best to weaken legislation that punishes those who sexually molest
little boys and girls.
Enter the eight Republican members of the Judiciary Committee. On
October 20, 2005 they were determined to block Kennedy’s hate
bill but were outvoted in Judiciary 10 to 8. Yet they had something
Kennedy wanted: power to water down the Sex Offender bill. Result:
Kennedy and the Republicans struck a deal. Parts of the Sex Offender
Act were diluted to make Kennedy’s pedophiles happier. In return,
Kennedy agreed not to force a vote in Judiciary to add S.1145 to
the Children’s Safety Act, a vote he would have won. Since
S.1145 is a “stand-alone” bill, Kennedy knew he could
press that issue later when he will try to attach S.1145 to the Sex
Offender Act on the floor of the Senate.
Republican opponents of the hate bill had no other choice.
UNITING TO WIN IN THE SENATE
Meanwhile, conservatives in Congress who are pushing the anti-pedophile
legislation are very weary of its being labeled “Orwellian” by
the religious political right and lumped together with the anti-hate
bill. Many on the Right object to the Children’s Safety and
Sex Offender Acts because they authorize federal control and punishment
of sex offenders, a prerogative such strict constitutionalists believe
resides with the states. While this legislation does increase federalization
of law enforcement, I have studied S.1086 carefully and do not find
it invasive of the rights of anyone except sex offenders. Already,
the government can intervene in states’ rights if it finds
voter fraud, jury tampering, slavery, or crimes involving interstate
commerce. Republican originators of S.1086 believe that child molestation,
pornography, child prostitution, etc. are of such epidemic national
proportions that only the federal government can most effectively
deal with them.
Senator Frist and anti-pedophile Republicans desire that patriots
call their Senators, not only opposing Kennedy’s hate bill
but also convincing a majority of Senators to vote for the Sex Offender
Act. They feel that strong Senate support behind S.1086 would give
Republican leadership a strong position to not only pass anti-pedophile
legislation but also restrain Kennedy’s attempts to attach
his hate bill to it.
In my opinion, blocking Kennedy and his hate bill is of enormously
greater importance than passing the Sex Offender Act. Yet I believe
this pro-family legislation should be encouraged. The least that
should be done, even by those who disagree with its federalist complexion,
is to protest the hate bill, not the Sex Offender Act.
KEEP UP THE FIGHT
The Republican strategy has been to derail the Children’s
Safety Act with its hate bill attachment, Amdt. 2662, and create
another Senate version of that act, S.1086. Thus, if Kennedy should
succeed in attaching S.1145, then the House and Senate versions will
be different, necessitating conference between the House and Senate.
Since Kennedy’s hate bill probably cannot be defeated by a
vote in the Senate, referral to conference would be a boon to all
who love free speech.
Four times over the past six years the hate bill has been passed
by the Senate yet rejected in conference, thanks to the vigilance
of feisty House Republican conferees. Those four times, the hate
bill sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee. It did not this
time because eight Republican Senators had overwhelmingly heard from
the people forbidding them to let the hate bill through. It was because
of their obedience to that resounding voice of the people that they
were even willing to allow their cherished Sex Offender Act to be
Clearly, Providence and the voice of protest helped empower defeat
of the hate bill in Judiciary on October 20, 2005.
It is time to not only pray for Divine deliverance but also to continue
to saturate the Senate against Kennedy’s hate bill. We must
call, email, and call again because our freedom and that of our children
depends upon it.
The toll free number for members of the Senate is 1-888-355-3588.
Come to www.truthtellers.org for a list of 100 Senators, plus many
hate laws articles. The full text of S.1145 with commentary by Rev.
Pike is available at this website.
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