By Rev Ted Pike
17 April 2007
On April 12, 2007 the Senate version of the federal hate crimes bill was introduced by Sen. Kennedy and Smith into the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary: the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, S. 1105.
I believe that, since the Senate has not received the level of protest the House has, hate bill supporters want to push this bill through the Senate very rapidly before the new right can catch up with them.
Please protest to your Senator immediately! Also at www.truthtellers.org are listed the full 100 members of the Senate. Spend several hours calling all 100 immediately and save free speech this week! Call toll-free 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121. (Click Here for list).
"Please do not vote for the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, S. 1105. Hate laws have taken away free speech in Canada and many European countries."
(It is a virtual certainty that S. 1105 will pass the Senate Judiciary. Pro-hatebill members outnumber those who oppose it by about 13 to 6.)
In addition, it is vital that you send my powerful flyer Anti-Hate Laws Will Make You a Criminal to your Senator as well as their 8-10 influential legislative aides (Flyers at truthtellers.org -- click on "What can I do?" near the top of the main page).
Time is of the essence. A year and a half ago the House passed the federal hate bill in 45 minutes. Senate Majority Leader Reid could fast-track S. 1105 to a vote with astonishing speed.
The House, in fact, could also vote on its version of the hate bill, H.R. 1592, at any time. The recent massacre of students in Virginia only strengthens the case of hate bill supporters that hate and hate crimes are rampant in America, necessitating a vastly greater presence of the federal government in local law enforcement.
For the moment, however, our attention should be directed primarily to the Senate and Senate Committee on the Judiciary. If you can do nothing else, call your member of the Senate. Unlike the House bill, H.R. 1592, introduced almost secretly by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee on January 5, Kennedy and Smith are boldly publicizing S. 1105. Rather than trying to sneak S. 1105 through the Senate, they are rallying support behind their bill and the sentiment associated with the grisly murder of Matthew Shepard.
Actually, this could be a blessing in disguise -- a splendid time to flood Senators and their legislative aides with the truth about how hate laws have taken away free speech in much of the world. Our object is to not only kill these bills in Congress now but to destroy their prospects of ever being reintroduced. Act now!
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian /conservative watchdog organization.
Go to video.google.com to watch Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians, Rev. Pike's expose of how the Anti-Defamation League has fomented Christian-persecuting hate laws worldwide.
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