HATE BILL PASSED IN HOUSE!
By Rev. Ted Pike
29 Apr 09
Despite compelling and passionate testimony by House Republicans,
the federal hate crimes bill, HR 1913, passed today in the House of
Representatives by a vote of 249 to 175.
In what Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R, VA) called "an atrocity," the House
Rules Committee on Tuesday imposed a "closed rule" on debate and amendments,
limiting debate to 120 minutes. However, contest of the rule was permitted
between both sides for one hour, giving Republicans a preliminary opportunity
to lay out objections to the hate bill. They failed in their attempt to
lengthen the debate, and the original 120 minutes of debate ensued.
Here are highlights of the Republican opposition:
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R, NC) said HR 1913 will open a new category of "thought
crimes" in America, moving us "down a slippery slope" to loss
of freedom. She said such has happened under hate laws in Canada and Europe.
Rep. Trent Franks (R, AZ) warned HR 1913 will end equality in America, giving
special rights to federally favored groups such as homosexuals.
Rep. Roy Blount (R, MO) echoed Foxx's admonition that hate laws have taken away
free speech in Canada and Europe.
Rep. Steve King (R, IA) repeated the warning of his amendment in Judiciary last
week, saying pedophiles and many other deviants will obtain special rights and
protection under HR 1913.
Rep. Mary Fallin (R, OK) referenced loss of free speech in Canada and Great Britain
but also how the "Philly 11" Christians were persecuted under Pennsylvania's
Rep. Foxx returned, saying a federal hate law would preempt the 10th Amendment
which delegates most law enforcement to the states. She said the claim
that Matt Sheppard was murdered because he was a homosexual was a "hoax;" he
was killed, she said as the victim of a robbery.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R, TX) charged HR 1913 will divide America into groups of
more favored versus less. He again cited USC Title 18, Section 2a, the
foundation of HR 1913, which says anyone who through speech "induces" commission
of a violent hate crime "will be tried as a principal" alongside the
active offender. He said there is no "epidemic" of hate in America.
Rep. King cited the American Psychiatric Association which lists 547 different
kinds of paraphilia, or sexual deviancies. King said all of these would
merit special federal protection under the class "sexual orientation" enshrined
in HR 1913.
Rep. Foxx testified, "This bill itself will spread fear and intimidation." She
was referring primarily to Christian/conservative critics of homosexuality, Islam,
illegal immigrants, etc. Such critics from the pulpit or airwaves would be increasingly
silenced under the hate law's chill on free speech.
Rep. Hastings (D, FL), a proponent of the hate bill, brazenly agreed that HR
1913 would give a galaxy of sexual perverts special protection. He said
that under hate bill protection they will not "live in fear because of who
One particularly striking argument was made by Rep. Randy Forbes (R, VA). He
said if Miss California had slapped the homosexual judge who derided her on the
stage (and across the internet) under HR 1913 she could be indicted as a "violent
hate criminal," facing a possible 10 years in prison. But, Forbes
said, if the homosexual judge had slapped her, she would have had no
special protection under HR 1913. His act would have been simple
assault, a misdemeanor.
The testimony of Rep. Todd Akins (R, MO) was also unique. He said HR 1913
would actually increase hate in America. He said the American people,
including young people, recognizing that they are now second-class citizens,
with homosexuals receiving special federal rights, can only resent (hate?) those
who have rights and privileges above them. He also said that with the legal
system already backed up, the federal hate law will create havoc within our legal
system, requiring judges to also become "psychologists," divining motives
Rep. Mike Pence (R, IN) said the FBI statistics show that, far from hate crimes
increasing, they have steadily declined over the past 10 years. There is
also no evidence that states are lax in hate law enforcement.
Democrat testimony concluded with a special entry, followed by CSPAN camera,
of Rep. Barney Frank (D, MA). He pooh-poohed the arrest of the Philly 11
Christians in 2004, saying that, although it was unjust, Republicans were irresponsible
in not pointing out that the Christians were acquitted. Fortunately, Rep. Gohmert
had the last word, indicating that the very fact that persons can and have been
arrested for speech under state laws has a chilling effect on free speech.
Gohmert tried to send the hate bill back to Judiciary for amendments but was
It is now time for all who love freedom to turn their full attention to defeat
of the hate bill in the Senate, where Sen. Edward Kennedy just yesterday introduced
his federal hate bill, S. 909, which is certain to be moving rapidly to a vote.
Call 1-877-851-6437 toll free or 1-202-225-3121 toll. Names of Senate Judiciary
members are posted here
Tell all members of the Senate: "Please don't vote for the pedophile-protecting
federal hate crimes bill, S. 909. Please insist on Judiciary hearings
to debate this very dangerous, freedom-threatening legislation."
Watch the dynamic 10-minute educational video How to Kill the
Hate Bills at www.truthtellers.org which
explains how the hate bill, S.909, ends 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.
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