NEW RIGHT TROUNCES 'SPEECH CONTROL' BILL
By Rev. Ted Pike
23 May 07
Last week, as American Jewry mobilized to pressure passage of the
federal hate bill, the bill’s momentum in the Senate slowed
to a stop. It’s likely liberal Jewish advocacy and homosexual
groups wanted time to pressure the President to renege on his promise
to the evangelical right, to veto the bill. Senate bill S. 1105 is
now stalled in Judiciary. It faces no proposed hearings or schedule
for floor action. (See, Jews Pressure
Bush to Sign Hate Bill)
Meanwhile, the legislative scene in Congress was full of fireworks.
The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith and Pelosi Democrats in
the House remain determined to cripple right-wing, conservative,
grassroots activism. Last Tuesday they attempted to rush new grassroots-restricting
legislation through the House Judiciary Committee. The Meehan-Shay
bill, H.R. 2316, would require extensive quarterly reports from Christian/conservative
organizations, possibly including churches. 501(c)3 nonprofits involved
in influencing public policy would have to report all contributions
above $500 and names of contributors to the government on penalty
of huge fines.
Thanks to calls to action—primarily by Focus on the Family
and Family Research Council— thousands of messages of protest
deluged the House. Dr. Dobson reported his organization hand-delivered
130,000 signatures to the Judiciary on Tuesday. The audacity of H.R.
2316 to needlessly expand federal control over non-profits enraged
not just conservatives but even liberal activist groups like the
Their protest plus that from Republicans in Judiciary were too
much for veteran ADL lackey, Chairman John Conyers. He allowed the
most offensive portions of the Meehan-Shay bill to be stripped. This
gave freedom-lovers a powerful victory in Judiciary and preserved
Americans’ right to petition the government and mobilize politically
at the grassroots level, without facing the onerous reporting requirements
and restrictions placed on federal lobbies.
However, lovers of freedom should continue to protest to House
members. The Democrats will doubtless attempt to reattach grassroots-crippling
language to the bill as it goes forward in the House. That could
happen as early as Thursday.
A new breed of fighting Republicans opposes all speech control
and bias crimes legislation. Aggressive liberal legislation like
the Meehan-Shay bill may encounter more resistance than the Democrats
Such legislation includes Henry Waxman’s H.R. 984 that would
require federal executive branch employees to record all conversations
from concerned Americans. It also includes the “Department
of Peace and Non-Violence Act,” H.R. 808, which would establish
a massive $8.4 billion a year, liberal “ministry of propaganda” in
This mood of controversy and resistance opposing
such legislation is payoff for tens of thousands of Americans who
have besieged Congress with protest for the past four months.
“ENDA” Threat Emerges
But the need for vigilance does not end. Another ADL lackey and
homosexual activist Rep. Barney Frank recently introduced ENDA, “The
Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (H.R. 2015) into the House.
This far reaching and threatening legislation gives special rights
to homosexuals in the workplace, while depriving Christian employers
of freedom of speech and of the right to hire or fire homosexuals
because of moral objections. Critics especially object to ENDA granting
men “in transition” (from male to female) access to women’s
bathrooms and locker rooms! ENDA is “must pass” legislation
for Democrats…and a “must defeat” bill for patriots.
While the hate bill waits in Judiciary, it is vital that you protest
ENDA and any new grassroots lobbying restrictions that might be added
to the lobbyist reform bill, soon to be voted on in the House. Call
your House member NOW toll free at 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-224-3121
“Please don’t vote for ‘The Employment Non-Discrimination
Act’ (H.R. 2015). It is my privilege, not homosexuals', to
determine who rents my apartment or works in my business.
“Please don’t vote for the Meehan-Shay bill, H.R.
2316 or any restrictions on grassroots lobbying firms. Such citizen
activist groups have no record of abuse.”
The hate bill is delayed only to give time to the Jewish, liberal,
and homosexual advocacy groups to respond to the curve ball of Pres.
Bush’s threatened veto (and huge protest from Americans like
you). Prominent Jewish-dominated “civil liberties” fronts
such as ADL, ACLU, and People for the American Way are urging their
members to pressure Congress and the President to pass the hate bill.
Many other liberal and even leftist Christian groups are joining
them. This remains a critical time when power brokers in Congress,
and even the President, will test the wind to see which way blows
Your continuing protest to Congress molds its actions and reactions
more than you might dream. Your calls definitely forced die-hard
hate bill sponsor House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers to back down.
Last week, we won!
The House’s Democrat majority may well push more speech and
bias crime legislation in the weeks ahead. But victory in the Senate,
where Democrats have a much slimmer margin of advantage, is a very
different matter. Members of Congress must clearly know that their
constituents will punish or reward them for how they vote on bias
crime legislation. As public protest continues and such legislation
becomes increasingly controversial, this "stealth legislation" loses
its chances. It cannot withstand public scrutiny. Continued vocal
opposition also strengthens the President's resolution to veto the
hate bill and any other freedom-stealing legislation, including ENDA.
President Bush has a lot of power. But another veto power is almost
as great: a massive thunderous “NO!” by the American
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
watch dog organization.
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