HATE BILLS: PROTEST CALLS FLOOD HOUSE JUDICIARY!
By Rev. Ted Pike
29 Sep 09
In response to my weekend emergency alert “More Hate Bill
Hearings This Week” the offices of House Judiciary Republicans
today all reported “lots of calls” protesting ADL’s
four new hate crimes bills. Staffers repeatedly told callers “we
already know about the four hate bills.” Their response
could not be in greater contrast to last Thursday when I called ten
Republican Judiciary offices and found them nearly oblivious to the
threat of new hate bills.
This proves there are still many lovers of freedom who, despite hate bill passage
in the House and Senate this spring and enormous distraction of healthcare reform,
are willing to speak out in the most effective way - telephone protest.
Today’s response helps ensure that the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention
Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act will meet stiff resistance
in the Crime Subcommittee hearing this Wednesday at 3 PM EST (You can watch the
webcast at http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/calendar.html.) Its
five Republicans, Reps. Gohmert, Goodlatte, Forbes, Lungren, Poe, and Rooney,
are all fighting Republicans, who have battled the hate bill heroically in the
past two Congresses.
On the other hand, although scheduled last week the Safe Schools Improvement
Act may not be considered on Wednesday. Its radical agenda of banning
any "repeated or persuasive" criticism of homosexuality in the public
schools, defining such as "violence," may be too hard a sell. Instead,
the House Judiciary website now only schedules a new companion bill to ADL's
cyberbullying bill, the AWARE Act (Adolescent Web Awareness Requires Education
Act), HR 3630. Introduced last Wednesday by Jewish activist Rep. Debbie
Wasserman-Schultz, AWARE provides federal grants to school, educational and civic
groups, and "civil liberties" fronts like ADL and Southern Poverty
Law Center to educate our nation's youth against the dangers of cyberbullying,
i.e., criticism of homosexuality, over the internet. It also empowers education
of youth against websites and blogs which ADL considers "hate sites," those
critical of homosexuality, Zionism, or the establishment figure of six million
Introduction of AWARE is a last-minute strategic move by Democrats. Unless Judiciary
Republicans are warned on Tuesday, they could well be overwhelmed by the seemingly
high-minded arguments of AWARE supporters.
Call House Judiciary Republican offices, particularly those of Gohmert, Goodlatte,
Forbes, Lungren, Poe, and Rooney, at 1-877-851-6437 toll-free or 1-202-225-3121
toll. Tell them: "Please encourage the Congressman to oppose
the AWARE Act, HR 3630, in the Crime Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. It
is a companion bill empowering the cyberbullying bill to teach school children
that cyberbullying means criticism of homosexuality on the internet."
The upheaval of protest today gives new hope not only of holding the battle line
in the Judiciary but of giving courage to other Congressional Republicans. The
great value of a heated, controversial hate bill hearing is that word of it resonates
throughout Congress. It inspires and focuses Republicans while making Democrats
more cautious. With Democrat caution comes the possibility of delay and
error; such includes indecisiveness in strategy, the granting of more hearings,
and attaching hate bills as amendments rather than standalone legislation.
The more delay we can generate, the greater the possibility these bills cannot
proceed forward fully this fall. As winter and spring approach and Democrats
come uncomfortably near mid-term elections, there is an excellent chance they
may consider these pro-homosexual bills counterproductive to the “family
values” image they must project to elect enough Democrats to stay in power.
Good job, lovers of freedom! Keep up the calling -- also to Senate
Judiciary Republicans who will soon face the same hate bills (names available
HERE on the Action Page at www.truthtellers.org). Your efforts prove
there is still a Gideon band of American heroes out there who have not bought
into Dr. Dobson’s big lie that there is nothing we can do but pray.
As for me, I’ve only begun to fight.
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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