SENATE COULD PASS HATE BILL SOON!
By Rev. Ted Pike
12 June 09
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As the above cartoon by Sean Verster suggests, pro-hate bill Democrats,
especially in the Senate Judiciary, want to assert many things about
the prevalence of hate in America and who the haters are. But
they cannot endure open, widely publicized debate, especially concerning
their federal hate crimes bill. This aversion to scrutiny at
the hands of Judiciary Republicans has caused Democratic leadership
to possibly seek hate bill passage as an amendment to "must pass" legislation.
Last Monday, June 8, the online homosexual Washington Blade headlined "Senate
to Pass Hate Crimes Bill as Amendment". The primary authority
for this was Trevor Thomas, a spokesman for the homosexual Human Rights Campaign
(HRC), plus opinions of Senate staffers.
Yet, it appears the Democrats may still not have made up their minds. Yesterday
afternoon, June 11, I called Sen. Edward Kennedy's office and was routed to his
legislative authority. She said the Senator and fellow Democrats "are
still mulling over" what course to take. They have not decided with
finality to pursue the amendment route.
One advantage of resubmitting the hate bill as an amendment is that Judiciary
hearings are bypassed. As soon as the Senate accepts his amendment, Kennedy,
as the bill's chief Senate sponsor and originator, may demand a vote at any time. If
Republican opposition can't muster 41 votes, there can be no filibuster. Kennedy's
hate bill will pass.
The primary disadvantage of the amendment option is that, with such widespread
opposition to the hate bill, plus demands for hearings, two negative messages
go forth: First, the impression is given of Democratic contempt for legislative
due process, which should include hearings on highly controversial legislation. Second,
it appears the hate bill is too flawed to sustain rigorous scrutiny. If
the Democrats cannot face Republican questioning and put down, with finality,
the characterization of their hate bill as "pro-pedophile," a very
strong message is sent, even to hate bill supporters in the Senate, that the
hate bill is indefensible -- it does protect pedophiles.
We Can Kill the Hate Bill Now!
How can lovers of freedom thwart Kennedy? Simple. We
must saturate the entire Senate immediately with this assertion: Abandoning
hearings in the Senate Judiciary and giving Kennedy sole right to move
the hate bill forward via amendment is a high-handed end run around
legislative due process. It demonstrates the hate bill's inability
to withstand criticism.
If thousands of concerned Americans become publicists of this indictment to
all 100 Senators, Kennedy's amendment will almost certainly be dealt a death
blow. The hate bill will have to stay in Judiciary, floundering as Judiciary
Democrats become increasingly unable to face Republican and public opposition.
If such Senate-spanning bad publicity against the hate bill goes out NOW, tremendous
pressure will be applied to cause the hate bill to first languish, then die
Start calling all members of the Senate immediately (names
available here on the action page at www.truthtellers.org). Don't
be content with calling once. Wait a day and call again. Call toll-free
1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121. Tell them: "Please
demand hearings on the hate bill, S. 909. Don't support Sen. Kennedy's possible
strategy of attaching the hate crimes bill as an amendment to another bill,
without hearings. S. 909 is very dangerous pedophile-protecting legislation
which must be debated. If it's too shaky to survive hearings, it's too
shaky to become the law of the land!"
Kennedy could opt to ride the crest of media hype surrounding the recent deplorable
Holocaust museum "hate crime" shooting. He could introduce
his amendment as early as Monday. With release of the hate bill from
the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, there could be little to prevent
him from calling for a Senate vote later in the week.
If he acts this fast, we must act faster. Call NOW!
Watch the dynamic 10-minute educational videos, Stop the Pedophile-Protecting
Hate Bill!, 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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