EMERGENCY ALERT ! ! !
FEDERAL HATE BILL NOW POSES HUGE DANGER!
By Rev. Ted Pike
Freedom of speech in America is threatened as never before. Passage
of the federal "anti-hate" bill will lead directly to an
end of free speech in America. This is what happened under similar
legislation in Canada and many European nations. Without free speech,
all our other freedoms will eventually vanish.
Hate Laws End Free Speech
Sen. Edward Kennedy fumbled his attempts last fall to pass the
Orwellian federal "anti-hate" bill. (See, "Federal
Hate Bill Virtually Dead") Yet on Larry King Live last week
Kennedy vowed he is poised to address the Senate, again urging its
passage. He is anxious to call for a vote to attach his hate bill,
the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, S. 1145, to
the long-delayed Sex Offenders Registration and Notification Act,
S.1086. He wants to do so just as soon as S.1086 is introduced in
35 years ago the Canadian Parliament passed its very similar anti-hate
law, the Canadian Human Rights Act. Now Canadians who publicly criticize
the behavior or beliefs of members of specially protected groups
can be punished with harsh fines and imprisonment. Christians who
publicly criticize homosexuality or print Scriptural texts against
sodomy are being indicted as hate criminals. They are being bankrupted
and exhausted as they fight for freedom in the hate crimes "tribunal" courts.
Broadcasters or talk show hosts who criticize homosexuality or even
state that homosexuals have a higher rate of AIDS can be arrested,
fined $10,000, and spend up to five years in prison. The radio or
TV station that allows them such "hate speech" will lose
its broadcast license. (See, " New
Federal ‘Hate’ Bill
Means Funeral of Free Speech")
Can Kennedy Win?
Can Kennedy and his pro-hate bill Senators muster enough votes
to pass the hate bill?
Here's the reality: Nearly two years ago the Senate voted 65 to
33 in favor of Kennedy's hate bill.
Kennedy knows that most of the Senate is still on his side.
Last September the traditionally conservative House of Representatives
passed the hate bill, Amdt. 2662, in only 45 minutes! It was attached
as a rider to the Children's Safety Act. Kennedy boasted to Larry
King that the Senate will also pass it in 45 minutes to an hour.
If passed by the Senate in the days ahead, Kennedy's hate bill
will go to conference between the Senate and the House and, if approved,
on to the President.
Kennedy Blocked by Frist
Until now Senate majority leader Bill Frist has prevented Kennedy
from rising to his feet, orating, and demanding passage of the hate
bill. He has done this through a very simple strategy: keeping the
Sex Offenders bill out of the Senate for the past two sessions.
Yet Frist is under increasing pressure to pass this much-needed,
pro-family, anti-pedophile legislation. I was told by Frist's office
that a number of stratagems to obtain passage are available to him.
Yet the danger is very great. They could backfire.
Kennedy pro-hate bill allies, especially Sen. Gordon Smith and
Sen. Arlen Specter, are on high alert. Upon any attempt to introduce
the Sex Offenders bill, they will demand to speak to the Senate,
calling for attachment and approval of the hate bill.
What Happens if the Hate Bill Passes?
Should the bill pass, will House Republicans have enough resolve
to defeat it in conference? Don't count on it. They presented no
significant opposition in the House last September.
What about a veto by George Bush? The President has said he will
support "modified hate crimes legislation." If he approves
this bill, America will be governed by a federal anti-hate law with
no checks or balances – unlike the Constitution or Bill of
Rights. Let's consider what that means.
Our ancestral, time-proven code of law requires demonstrable physical
proof that a crime has been committed. This keeps our justice system
relatively simple, workable, and speedy. It provides adequate penalties
for all crimes, including those motivated by hate.
In the federal hate law, however, the requirement of determining
the level of "bias" in a hate crimes case makes hate crimes
law enforcement very subjective, complicated and time consuming.
The average cost in Canada of defending oneself from a hate crimes
charge is very high: $175,000 to $200,000.
Amazingly, truth is no defense in Canada. If members of specially
projected groups, especially homosexuals, claim they have been emotionally
traumatized by public criticism, they are encouraged to file charges
against their critics. In the eyes of the law it is irrelevant whether
criticism against them is true. The paramount issue is whether the
feelings of a member of a protected group have been hurt. If the
court determines that such is the case, a "hate crime" has
The ultimate effect of federal hate laws is not to defend certain
groups from intimidation but to intimidate those who speak candidly
or critically. Free speech is dead.
Federal Takeover of Local Law Enforcement
S.1145 usurps state rights in law enforcement. It will require
states to submit to the working federal definition that "hate" equals
bias against protected groups. If S.1145 passes, states can no longer
punish hate crimes according to traditional law. They must submit
to the skewed government definition of hate and hate crimes including
triple penalties against those convicted. S.1145 gives the federal
government the right to intervene in the states not only for alleged
bias crimes but for felonies. The government can also intervene and
presumably overthrow the verdict in a hate crimes trial if it does
not agree with it. (See, Pike’s Analysis of S. 1145)
S.1145 takes away states' rights in law enforcement and unites
federal jurisdiction with local. With no checks and balances against
federal intrusion, local and federal law enforcement become one.
This is the very definition of a "police state."
Police State in Pennsylvania
The nation saw the power of such unified cooperation on October
10, 2004. Philadelphia district attorney Lynne Abraham gave police
orders to arrest 11 Christians for the "hate crime" of
witnessing to homosexuals. Seven charges resulted in a proposed penalty
of 47 years in prison and $80,000 fines per person, including a 17-year-old
girl. (See, "Philadelphia
Pursues ‘Hate Crimes’ Charges
Kennedy's bill empowers the federal government to do nationally
what Lynne Abraham did locally. They will be able to indict pastors,
talk show hosts, pro-lifers, political dissidents, etc. all around
the country at the same time. Indictments and judgments will come
faster than anyone can keep up with them. The defendants will be
embroiled in an exhaustive gauntlet of court cases and appeals.
Energized by supplemental legislation and judges who make hate
crimes doctrine from the bench, the long arm of hate crimes authority
and jurisdiction will progressively broaden. It will entrap the best
elements of society while protecting the worst. This is exactly what
has happened in Canada and Europe. In at least one province of Canada
it is a hate crime to pass out Gospel literature in public. In Holland
it is a hate crime for pastors to reprove adulterers.
Hate laws already exist not only in Canada, Sweden, Australia,
but also 45 U.S. states. Gullible legislators were hoodwinked into
believing the intention of these laws was only to eliminate violent
hate crimes. But, as the nation saw in Philadelphia, the real ambition
of hate laws is to end dissent and the freedom of Christians to speak
the whole truth.
What You Can Do
Here's a vital strategy by which the hate bill was defeated last
fall in the Senate Judiciary. Countless patriots acted on the following
instructions which I delivered on nearly 100 TV and radio talk shows.
First, instead of just calling the two senators from your state,
call all 100 members of the Senate! We must undermine and demoralize
Kennedy's coalition of pro-hate bill senators.
The entire list of Senators is printed on my home page at www.truthtellers.org.
The toll free number to Congress is 1-888-355-3588. The toll number
Once you have dialed the capitol:
Ask the capitol operator to send you to Senator Alexander's office.
Deliver this message: "Please don't vote for attachment of
Senator Kennedy's hate bill, S.1145, to the Sex Offenders Registration
and Notification Act, S.1086. Please oppose all hate crimes legislation."
Don't hang up. Ask to be transferred to the next senator on the
list, Senator Allard. The senator's receptionist or to the capitol
operator will transfer you to the next office
Repeat, going through all 100. In about an hour and a half, you
will have delivered a powerful, freedom-saving message to the entire
Senate. This will deeply erode Kennedy's power in the weeks ahead.
If you can't call all at once, space your calls throughout the week. Even during
your lunch break, you can send about 20 messages in 20 minutes.
Last year countless Americans called all 100 Senators. They remembered
how many of our founding fathers and mothers lost their homes, fortunes,
and even lives to secure our liberty. These callers did not consider
one and a half hours on the phone too great a price for liberty.
Result: With God's help and with many groups enlisting calls to the
Senate, America defeated the hate bill in Judiciary. We can do it
Here's what else we must do: Get educated.
Hate crimes legislation will continue to assault free speech and
persecute Christians and dissenters in the years ahead. Regardless
of who controls Congress or sits in the White House, leaders must
know the people will not tolerate such freedom-stealing laws. They
will be voted out of office if they pass such laws.
Come to www.truthtellers.org for the world's foremost educational
resources on the history, theory, and oppression caused by hate laws
At www.truthtellers.org you may preview 7 minutes of my video documentary: "Hate
Laws: Making Criminals of Christians." Many thousands of this
gripping, professionally produced 80-minute video have been sold
(available in VHS or DVD for $24.90 postpaid). This video has played
a pivotal role in repeatedly defeating the federal hate bill in Congress.
It is a "must show" in your church or conservative group!
Finally, pray for America! We must repent of our sins and pray
against hate legislation during the upcoming National Day of Prayer
on May 4, 2006. Although public protests played a huge role in defeating
the hate bill last fall, the primary credit must go to Almighty God.
Only God can deliver us from a conspiracy as deceptive, ensnaring
and downright hateful as “anti-hate” laws