BUSH VOWS TO FIGHT HATE BILL
By Rev. Ted Pike
9 Aug 07
This week, President Bush said that if the Senate in September
approves the Kennedy/Smith hate bill as an amendment to the military
reappropriations bill, he will veto it. He’ll send both bills
back to the Senate in order to have the hate bill removed. He will
not be bullied into passing a hybrid gay rights/arms bill.
Bush’s statement is powerful evidence that mounting grassroots
anger against hate crimes legislation is encouraging him to stand
and fight. The President’s attitude is in marked contrast
to most politicians, both state and federal, in previous years. They
feared that being against a bill that ostensibly wanted to end hate
would be perceived by their constituents as being “pro-hate.” Result:
defeat in the next election.
All this is changing. As the public becomes aware of how
hate laws have taken away free speech in many countries, and intend
to do so here, it sees through the deception of hate law rhetoric. The
claim that “anti-hate” laws are against hate is now widely
recognized as just as hollow as the abortionist’s claim to
be “pro-choice.” What is true is that hate laws persecute
With the President’s popularity at a record low, he clearly
perceives that those who oppose hate laws are becoming a significant
power bloc – a group well worth satisfying. But this
is not a time for lovers of freedom to rest on their accomplishments. Rather
we must continue pressure on members of the Senate to vote against
the Kennedy/Smith amendment in September. Bush’s cooperation
with the wishes of the people can be greatly encouraged during the
next month – calling Senators at their home offices and attempting
to meet with them in small groups. (See, Have
a 'Hate Bill' Meeting with Your Senator!) Also, call your Senator’s
home office and protest the hate bill. Go to the US
Senate website for the phone number.
If we continue the offensive there is the real possibility that
Bush, increasingly alienated from anti-war Democrats, may desire
to realign himself more firmly with his original right-wing supporters. In
that case, he might be persuaded to also veto other very dangerous
pending speech crime legislation, particularly ENDA, "The Employment
This is a golden moment which we must take advantage of to the
fullest. If we take action NOW, we can not only guarantee our
own freedom but begin to roll back evil legislation which will oppress
and enslave our children. With God behind us, and truth as
our shield, we can yet hold back the darkness.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
watch dog organization.
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.
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