FREE SPEECH REVIVING IN CANADA, BRITAIN BUT NOT CA, ISRAEL
By Rev. Ted Pike
19 July 11
For 40 years the Jewish Anti-Defamation League and B’nai B’rith International have tirelessly embedded hate speech and hate crime laws in western democracies. Yet flickerings of hope continue to appear. As Israel is battered by world criticism, Israel’s PR rep, the Anti-Defamation League, is distracted from focusing as it once did on removing freedom of speech and persecuting free thinkers and Christians. Such slowing of the hate crimes agenda is particularly apparent in the failure—if not refusal—of “the vast majority” of the fifty-five member states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, to provide hate crimes statistics to ADL or enact new ADL hate laws. (ADL.org, “OSCE States Not Fulfilling Pledge On Hate Crimes”)
Recent events in Canada and England bring hope that even countries deeply committed to hate laws can experience a citizen awakening. They can even potentially repeal some of the legislation and thinking that ADL/B’nai B’rith have so fought to enshrine.
On the American state level, ADL and progressive Jewish groups continue to lobby for pro-homosexual, “anti-bullying” and same sex marriage legislation. Such efforts to forbid “discrimination” against sodomites are massively eroding freedom of speech.
Here are brief descriptions of the good and bad news on the hate law front.
ADL’s notorious Canadian internet hate crime law, Sec. 13, criminalized online “hatred and contempt” (criticism) toward special federally protected groups (primarily Jews and homosexuals). In 2009 it was declared unconstitutional by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, which refused to penalize indicted freedom activist Marc Lemire with a lifetime speech ban and heavy fines.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) appealed the decision in federal court—and was predictably joined by the three northern branches of Jewish hate law activism: the Canadian Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith Canada and the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
Paul Fromm’s Free Speech Monitor says, “The Lemire case is the definitive challenge to Sec. 13. Literally all other Sec. 13 cases in Canada have been stopped pending a final decision.”
If the federal court upholds Lemire’s challenge to censorship, tremendous new freedom will come to Canada. This leaves infamous Sec. 319 (ADL/B’nai B’rith’s general hate law in Canada), plus severely punitive hate laws in all the provinces, to be dismantled. Repeal of Sec. 13 would have a powerful ripple effect to bring into question all Canadian hate laws. (http://www.canadianfreespeech.com/cafe/home)
For over a century, Britain has been in steep moral decline, with only around six percent attending church. Steeped in evolution and secular humanism, and with no First Amendment guarantees, spiritual apathy has left the UK open to ADL-promoted hate crime laws. This has resulted in some of the most extreme and absurd restrictions on Christian free speech and action in the west.
Yet today Britain’s primary federal hate law enforcer—the Equality and Human Rights Commission—has actually offered to defend Christians singled out for hate law prosecution! It says judges in the UK have been ruling “too narrowly.” The Commission is asking to intervene on behalf of indicted Christians as their cases are moved through the European Court of Human Rights.
The commission’s legal director, John Wadham, says “Our intervention in these cases would encourage judges to interpret the law more broadly and more clearly to the benefit of people who are religious and those who are not…The idea of making reasonable adjustments to accommodate a person’s needs has served disability discrimination law well for decades. It seems reasonable that a similar concept could be adapted to allow someone to manifest their religious beliefs.”
Pending cases of discrimination include a Christian couple banned from fostering children because of their refusal to promote homosexuality. The Equality and Human Rights Commission says it may defend four cases:
…British Airways employee Nadia Eweiva, who was sent home from working after refusing to move a cross necklace; counselor Gary McFarlane, who was fired for declining to advise homosexuals on their relationship; Lillian Ladele, who was disciplined for refusing as a registrar to conduct “marriage” ceremonies for homosexuals; and Shirley Chaplain, a nurse who was ordered to a desk job because she was wearing a cross necklace. (World Net Daily, “Gays, Atheists Oppose Rights for Christians”)
On Thursday California Gov. Brown signed Senate Bill 48 into law, criminalizing public school teachers who educate kids about homosexuality in anything less than glowing terms. The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act bans “discriminatory” material and instruction, while forcing public school students to learn about the “contributions” of homosexual and transgendered Americans. SB48 was authored by Senator Mark Leno, who is the grandson of Russian Jewish immigrants and the first openly homosexual man in the Senate. Leno’s resume includes two years studying Talmud at Hebrew Union College. Legal experts warn this law will affect public schools across America as textbook manufacturers rewrite their material to suit this large state.
SB 48 joins free speech-destroying SB 777, signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2009. SB 777 also makes it illegal to criticize homosexuality in California public schools. It was written by another Jewish legislator, Sheila Kuhl. Passage of both of these anti-free speech bills, written by pro-homosexual Jewish activists, is consistent with the Jewish Anti-Defamation League’s boast of having masterminded hate laws for 45 US states, as well as the federal hate crimes law, the Matthew Shephard Hate Crimes Prevention Act signed into law by Pres. Obama in 2009.
As I document in my article, “Judaism and Homosexuality: A Marriage Made in Hell,” Jewish homosexuals have played an incredibly dominant role in promoting and organizing the gay rights movement in America.
In a nation rife with speech restrictions, Israel’s Knesset added even more this past week with passage of Netanyahu’s “anti-boycott” bill. It makes it a speech crime in Israel for anyone to advocate a boycott against the Jewish state, its commerce or institutions, or settlements. Any person or organization who does so can be sued by the boycott’s targets, without any proof that damage was sustained! Economic, cultural, and other groups advocating boycott will be subject to government blacklist.
The anti-boycott bill is provoking howls of protest, not only from critics of Israel who desire boycott privileges as a tool to protest mistreatment of Palestinians but even from some of the largest Jewish organizations in America—Zionism’s strongest champions. Even ADL’s Abe Foxman, realizing the new law will only damage Israel’s image further, says it may “unduly impinge on the basic democratic rights of Israelis to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.” (ADL.org, "Knesset Anti-Boycott Law May Infringe On Basic Democratic Rights")
Israel’s Right to Hate Crimes
Of course, Israeli’s speech restrictions are not new. It is one of the most speech restricted nations on earth. Through its history, Israel has curtailed the freedom of speech of Christians to evangelize and express their faith equally with Jews. Discriminated against for a century, Christian presence in the Holy Land has shrunk from 20 percent at the beginning of the 20th century to a struggling two percent today.  Israel’s formal speech ban on Christian “proselytizing” in Palestine began with its 1977 anti-missionary law mandating a five-year prison term for those offering so much as a gospel tract to an Israeli (See, “Religious Proselytizing: A Smear Term to Silence Christianity”). Similar prohibitions against witnessing to Jewish minors powerfully restrain free speech of both Jewish and Gentile Christians. This includes Christian tourists who must abide by the ban on vigorous public witnessing to Israelis or face deportation.
Today, a harassed minority of Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Maronite Christians expect to be literally spit on daily by Orthodox Jews on the streets of Jerusalem, with no punishment of their harassers by police or the government. Even worse, messianic Jewish and Christian believers, especially in southern Israel and the occupied territories, face constant harassment, discrimination and public insult both by Ultra-Orthodox settlers and also the police they control. Tel Aviv does nothing. (See, “Israeli Christians Worship Under Armed Guard”)
Such “speech crime” discrimination, however, does not even begin to describe Israel’s speech restrictions on the Palestinians, stripping them of most of their rights to public free expression critical of Israel as well rights to their own cultural identity. Those who overtly express such self-determination are viewed as terrorists and face almost certain imprisonment without trial.
Link between Israel and ADL’s Hate Crime Agenda
Israel is the ultimate hate crimes bureaucracy. It epitomizes ADL’s definition that a hate crime is “bias-motivated” violence against another because of innate characteristics that include race and religion. Israel’s hate crimes against Palestinians most notoriously began with the Deir Yassin massacre in 1948, leading to widespread violence against 800,000 Palestinians it drove into concentration camps.
Yet Israel and Jewish supremacists consider themselves above the charge of “hate crimes.” Somehow it applies to goyim and Christians but never to Israel or Jewish hate law enforcers.
Why special protection for Jewish supremacists from the charge of hate crimes? It’s because, even when they are persecuting Christians through hate laws, they remain in the evangelical-influenced western world the long-suffering “chosen people,” criticism of whom is anti-Semitic. It’s also because ADL, Israel and their hate laws are founded on the “leaven of hypocrisy” which Jesus said was the most distinctive feature of the Pharisees, founders of modern Talmudic Judaism. Yet because most hypocrites are liars, ultimately seen through, the lies of Israel and even the hate laws which ADL has inflicted on the world are, at least in Canada and England, being questioned. May God give us grace to continue to withstand Israel, ADL and Jewish supremacism by every legal and ethical means. Every day we do so increases the chance that a very slow-to-learn humanity may at least perceive who is their deadliest enemy.
- The Encyclopedia of the Palestinian Problem, (http://www.palestine-encyclopedia.com/) provides exhaustive documentation of Israel’s war against Christianity, dating back as early as the 1930s.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
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