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EMERGENCY ALERT!!!

DEMAND HATE BILL HEARINGS!

By Rev. Ted Pike
18 Apr 09
 

On April 9, Rep. Barney Frank said in a press release that Rep. Conyers’ very dangerous hate crimes bill HR 1913 would speed through the House Judiciary next week. National homosexual leaders, quoted in the Washington Blade, April 9, say there will be no hearings.

Rep. Jackson-Lee’s legislative expert told me the Judiciary always holds hearings on important and controversial legislation. This can include at least several days in the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Crime. Even more time is often allotted in the Judiciary Committee itself. He said fair and adequate hearings would definitely be held for any hate crime bill. If things were as they should be, Conyers’ bill would be delayed for well over a week. Now, Frank says, this very controversial, freedom-threatening legislation may be out of Judiciary by Friday!

All members of Congress should immediately know about Conyers' under-handed bypass of due process! If Americans call their two Senators and House members in protest first thing Monday, it could seriously weaken the hate bill’s chance of passage. Hearings will slow its progress and educate members of Congress. Of course, most liberal Democrats are used to such chicanery and would go along with Conyers’ subterfuge. Yet some Democrats, whose votes are critical for passage in the House and Senate, will be displeased and made suspicious enough to ask, “If the hate bill is so shaky it can’t be discussed openly in hearings, maybe I should look into it!” When they do, they become prime candidates for hate-bill disillusionment.

Heavy protest must begin at 9am Monday morning. If you live on the west coast, plan to get started at 6am.

1. First, call your two Senators and House member at 1-877-851-6437 toll free or 1-202-225-3121 toll. (If you don’t know their names, the capitol operator will take your zip code and speed you to their offices.) Tell them, “Rep. Barney Frank says the House Judiciary is going to fast-forward Rep. Conyers’ very dangerous hate bill through by the end of next week. This means no hearings. HR 1913 is very dangerous and controversial legislation. It’s unfair and un-American not to allow input. Please demand that Conyers hold hearings.”

2. Go to the Action Page at Truthtellers.org for the names of the House Judiciary members. Call them—especially Democrats. If liberal Judiciary members receive enough flak early Monday, they may pressure Conyers to slow down. He may be convinced of the danger of giving the impression of disregarding the legislative process. The more of us call Judiciary and Congress, the more inappropriate and high-handed will Conyers’ subterfuge appear.

It’s up to you to change history. Support from the religious right remains spotty and undependable.

Last Thursday morning, I called the largest new right “watchdog” groups to alert them to Barney Frank’s prediction. I sent my alert to Bob Unruh of World Net Daily Wednesday afternoon, asking that he alert WND readers immediately. No WND article has been posted. Except for excellent alerts by Traditional Values Coalition, the Christian Anti-Defamation League, Janet Porter, and the Christian Post, Christian “watchdogs” have not yet barked a warning that the hate bill is going through Judiciary next week.

Last Monday, I was jubilant that American Family Association at last sounded strong calls to action against HR 1913. Yet the evangelical right has ignored the hate bill threat for the past three months and given every impression that it is a virtual non-issue. It is very difficult for their constituents to take it seriously and spring into action. Our NPN poll of House Judiciary Republicans Friday afternoon revealed that they had been receiving a meager one to four calls a day!

Shockingly, one evangelical group is sending disinformation, claiming that Conyers’ bill is not a threat! When I called Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition last Wednesday, their legislative staffer, who said she didn't know a hate bill was in Congress, was alarmed and grateful when I told her of Frank’s prediction. She said she would immediately alert their top authority. Five hours later, CC posted an alert pooh-poohing the danger of Conyers’ bill! It said, “Most political analysts say that it will not pass on the floor of the House of Representatives!” Such disinformation from unnamed “political analysts” is typical of Pat Robertson’s manipulations. In 2004, NPN repeatedly attempted to enlist his help to publicize the outrage of 11 Christians being arrested for the “hate crime” of witnessing to homosexuals. He was silent for a full three months. Only after the injustice had been righted and the defendants freed did CBN send a camera crew to interview Michael Marcavage, head of the “Philly 11.” I don’t trust Pat Robertson.

I also called Jay Sekulow’s American Center for Law and Justice last Thursday and left a strong message. The ACLJ website remains empty of any hate bill warnings. Like Robertson, Sekulow always resisted our entreaties to publicize the Philly 11 outrage. He told one of my supporters that he didn’t see it as a civil rights violation. He had no problem with 11 Christians spending 21 hours in jail, arrested under seven charges, facing 47 years prison and $90,000 fines each? I trust Sekulow even less than Robertson.

Why do Christian groups still delay? Do they lack time to create effective articles? Last Wednesday I read Frank’s prediction of the hate bill and then needed just 45 minutes to put an alert on our website and send it to subscribers. Surely organizations soliciting millions annually should have writers and analysts as competent as I. Their sluggish response could well be too late to slow the hate bill in Judiciary.

But it’s not too late for you and me. We are like the Minutemen and women of 1776 who instantly seized canteens and flintlocks and went to fight an irregular yet effective guerilla war. Like them, we recognize that NOW is the moment for one great effort to stop Conyers’ hate bill in Judiciary. Let’s all get up early Monday morning and aim at the encroaching forces of despotism arrayed and advancing on the present fields on battle--
Congress and the House Judiciary!

 


Watch the dynamic 10-minute educational video How to Kill the Hate Bills at www.truthtellers.org which explains how the two hate bills, HR256 and HR262, threaten freedom. Please tell the offices of members of Congress to watch it! Also at www.truthtellers.org, watch our gripping 82-minute documentary Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians.

Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and spearhead attempts to pass the federal hate crimes bill: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.

TALK SHOW HOSTS: Interview Rev. Ted Pike on this subject. Call (503) 631-3808.

 

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