Federal "Anti-Hate" Bill, S625, Shelved By Senate
Rev. Ted Pike
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was nervous on June 11, 2002. The ADL-inspired "anti-hate" bill, product of at least 14 years of ADL maneuvering, was submitted for passage by the Senate. This bill, S625, "The Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2001," would create a federal "anti-hate" bureaucracy in America, similar to Canada's, leading to the outlawing of verbal "intimidation" of homosexuals. It would create a new federal justice system, giving the government the right to punish "thought crimes" against protected minorities, such as blacks, women, and Jews.
however, is a very shaky bill. It has no basis in reality. It is a
solution in search of a problem. According to federal statistics, alleged
"hate crimes" constitute only about 1/10 of one per cent of
actual crimes committed yearly. Thus, there is no compelling crisis which
could justify the massive invasion of states' rights in law enforcement
which S625 mandates. To get it passed by the Senate, backers Sen. Gordon
Smith, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and Sen. Tom Daschle had to be clever. They
requested limited discussion by the Senate. They dared not allow its flaws
to be dramatized by the Republican opposition.
they were fearful because Republicans had made it clear they intended to
add many amendments, diluting the federal government powers to invade
Democrats made a fatal mistake. Their deviousness only incited Republican
senators such as Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, and
Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, to marshal arguments against S625 and
loudly demand unlimited debate. Thus, the "thought police"
conspirators were forced to put the proposal of unlimited debate to a
vote. The Senate approved unlimited debate.
Yet despite their victory, Republicans were disappointed. Instead of allowing extended criticism and inviting media coverage, which would alert the Senate and the public to the dangers of S625, Senate Majority Leader Daschle shelved the bill altogether.
elected representative wants to vote against an anti-hate bill and give
the impression of being "pro-hate." As a result, for the past
twelve years on both state and federal levels, legislators routinely
passed anti-hate laws. This year, S625 would surely have passed the Senate
as it did in 1999 and 2000 (later rejected by the House), if public
outrage in the form of letters had not encouraged the Republicans to
fight. Jim Tucker, American Free Press writer, told me various Capitol
Hill sources commented on the large number and high quality of anti-S625
letters received by legislators.
as a result of anti-S625 efforts over the last 18 months, prompted by the
National Prayer Network, and assisted by many individuals and
organizations, there was a new, unheard-of fight among the Senate
Republicans. In spite of almost complete absence of warning against S625
this last year by Christian conservative organizations (also afraid of
being viewed as "pro-hate"), NPN's powerful 80 minute video,
"Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians" was very widely
distributed, educating tens of thousands concerning S625's imminent threat
to freedom of speech.
also mailed its gripping brochure "How S625 Will End Free
Speech" to virtually every member of Congress, plus an average of
eight members of their legislative staff, plus all state legislators and
governors, plus staffs, in America. Yet, without your brief, informed
letters to your federal legislators, S625 would probably have passed. It
may still pass later this year, when the ADL, lurking behind such lackeys
as Ted Kennedy, Tom Daschle, and Gordon Smith, plans to re-introduce it,
probably attaching it to a spending bill.
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