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HATE BILL DEFEATED IN SENATE, YET DANGER REMAINS

By Rev. Ted Pike

On the National Day of Prayer countless Americans prayed for Divine protection for America. The next day, May 5, 2006, the federal "anti-hate" bill was again defeated.

Overwhelmed by massive public outrage, Sen. Kennedy gave up his insistence that his hate bill come before child-protecting legislation. He allowed the Child Help National Registry Act, S.1086, to pass unanimously.

This year's temporary defeat of Sen. Kennedy and his ADL-inspired hate bill, the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2005, S.1145, was a victory very different from last fall's defeat of the same legislation.

Here's what happened this time around:

On October 20, 2005 Sen. Kennedy compromised with Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and squandered sure victory for his hate bill. (See, "How Kennedy and His Pedophiles Weakened the Child Safety Bill") From that moment, Bill Frist, Senate majority leader, determined not to allow Kennedy to recoup his loss by attaching his hate bill. Kennedy planned to do this just as soon as the children-protecting legislation came onto the floor of the Senate. Result: For two sessions of the Senate, spanning more than six months, Frist kept the children's bill bottled up, deeply frustrating ADL and Kennedy.

Apart from a few legislative insiders and those I have informed by radio and e-mail, the world had no idea why legislation protecting children from pedophiles should be delayed. Frist was mum. So was Kennedy. Even political savants like Larry King and Bill O'Reilly were baffled. On Larry King's Apr. 20th interview with Sen. Kennedy, King asked him pointedly why the children's bill was not moving forward. Kennedy evaded the question.

Kennedy did indicate he was imminently planning to call for a vote on his hate bill the moment Frist released the children's bill for a vote.

TAKING THE OFFENSIVE

I have been waiting since the October 20th defeat of the hate bill in Judiciary to detect ADL/Kennedy strategy. With celebrities like Kathie Lee Gifford demanding passage of the children's bill, I had a gut instinct that the Kennedy/Frist stand-off would soon come to a showdown in the Senate. It was clear Kennedy was now poised to marshal a vote from a Senate which had overwhelmingly favored his hate bill 65 to 33.

On Tuesday, April 25th, I sent an e-alert, warning my list of 5,000. This included 250 Christian/conservative talk show hosts and numerous media outlets, including many on the staff of WorldNetDaily, which is the only media watchdog consistently warning against hate laws.

I informed my readers of a fact virtually unknown to the media and public: The children's bill had been stalled for more than six months solely because Frist was determined not to let Kennedy attach his hate bill to it.

THE O'REILLY FACTOR

Bill O'Reilly has been advocating sex offender registration for the past several years. But like Larry King, he has apparently never understood the real reason for the blockage of the children's act.

On Tuesday, April 25th, my e-alert went out. During the next two days, O'Reilly became electrified with anger, suddenly focusing on Kennedy as the culprit standing in the way of the children's bill. He called Sen. Frist, who confirmed that indeed Kennedy had been blocking the children's bill for the last six months. Frist urged O'Reilly to marshal America in protest against Kennedy.

On Thursday, April 27th, O'Reilly and John Walsh launched a major TV and Internet attack on Kennedy. They demanded his hate bill get out of the way.

Did my e-alert, identifying Kennedy as the real culprit, influence O'Reilly? I'll probably never know for sure. All that really matters is that O'Reilly and Walsh at last acquired clarity on this issue. Such clarity ignited anger in them and in millions of Fox television viewers. The heat of such anger melted Kennedy's resistance -- and the immediate threat of his hate bill.

MISBEGOTTEN ALLIANCE

I had thought House Republicans very foolish to allow attachment of a pro-homosexual hate bill to one intended to protect children from sexual predators. Yet in the end, such a combination turned out to be a mighty providence from God. The children's bill was created by conservative Republicans and widely supported by Americans. Its benevolence toward children created a powerful force that pushed Kennedy and his ADL hate bill out of the middle of the road and into the ditch.

O'Reilly and Walsh's campaign to elicit calls to Kennedy's office was devastating to Kennedy's cause. Unfortunately, however, it did not educate either Congress or the public against hate laws.

My intensive campaign on alternative talk radio generated thousands of calls to every member of the Senate. It informed them that countless Americans are opposed to hate legislation. We will not vote for senators who pass such freedom-stealing laws.

WHERE WAS THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT?

This victory is quite different from the one that defeated the hate bill in the Senate Judiciary last October. At that time, Christian conservative leaders such as James Dobson, Beverly LaHaye, and Jerry Falwell inspired a tidal wave of calls to the Senate. This time, apart from Bill Frist, the leaders of the religious and conservative Right did not play a significant role. I am unaware of any statements by national evangelical or conservative leaders informing us of the imminent danger posed by the hate bill.

Instead, the momentum to push Kennedy out of the way came from viewers of the O'Reilly Factor and thousands of dedicated activists within heartland America who listened to me on alternative talk radio and called all 100 members of the Senate.

HATE BILL DANGER STILL THREATENS

What is the future of the Kennedy/ADL hate bill? Thankfully, it cannot be added during the upcoming conference between the House and the Senate on the children's bill.

Regretfully, I was told by Sen. Frist's office that Kennedy can, at any time, attempt to attach his hate bill, S.1145, to other bills throughout this session of Congress. I was assured that Sen. Frist will continue to block Kennedy's attempts, even stalling legislation again if required.

If Frist is successful throughout this term of Congress (which is not a certainty), the hate bill which the House passed last September (Amdt.2662) will lapse next November. It will then be necessary for ADL lackeys to reintroduce the hate bill in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in 2007.

Clearly, Frist needs our support now as much as ever. Kennedy could at any minute attempt to slide the hate bill through the Senate on the underbelly of some inconspicuous legislation. We must continue to pressure all Senate members not to vote for this most dangerous assault on free speech.

WHAT WE CAN DO

Clearly, lovers of free speech must gird themselves for a prolonged fight to keep America from drifting into a federal anti-hate bureaucracy like Canada's. The very least each of us should do is to continue, as constituents of U.S. senators, to inform them as clearly as possible that if they vote for hate laws we, our friends, our church, etc., will not vote for them at the next election.

On the brighter side, as a result of the controversy each time ADL and Kennedy try to pass a federal hate law, many more Americans become educated concerning the danger of hate laws. In fact, popular understanding of the threat of hate laws has grown exponentially during the last several years. Yet we must continue to accelerate such education for our friends, our church, and our elected officials.

Get my dynamic 80-minute video, "Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians." Lend it to your pastor. Show it to as many as possible. Keep phoning all 100 senators. Tell them how similar hate laws have taken away free speech in Canada. Invite senate staffers to www.truthtellers.org to read my detailed analysis of S.1145. Remind them periodically you will not vote for them if they vote for hate laws. Keep coming to www.truthtellers.org for the latest alerts.

GOD WILL SAVE US IF WE CALL TO HIM

Just as importantly, we must humble ourselves before God. What we have seen, time and again, is that the hate bill goes down in defeat, not because of our political strength or organization, but because God Himself causes confusion within the ranks of hate bill promoters. If we humble ourselves before Him (II Chron. 7:14) and turn from our wicked ways, He has promised that He will hear from heaven and intervene to preserve free speech.

A courageous band of patriotic, freedom-loving talk show hosts keeps putting me up as a sentry on the highest "wall" available, that of internet talk radio. Thanks to them, I am able to sound the alarm when the enemy approaches.

The talk show hosts who heeded my call during the last several weeks of crisis in the Senate are true Americans and defenders of freedom. They deserve our confidence and support. They are:


Wake up your family, friends, church, and civic organization! Ted Pike's exhaustively documented, fast-moving video, "Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians," is available at www.truthtellers.org for $24.90 postpaid, or you can order by calling 503-631-3808.

TALK SHOW HOSTS: For interview with Rev. Ted Pike, call 503-631-3808.

For many more articles on the threat of hate crimes legislation and Ted Pike's detailed analysis of S.1145 as well as all names of the 100 U.S. senators, come to www.truthtellers.org.


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