By Rev Ted Pike
18 June 2007
You’re a loving, nonviolent person. How could you ever be charged with a hate crime? It will be easier than you imagine if the federal "anti-hate" bill now before the US Senate becomes law. (See, Anti-Hate Laws Will Make You A Criminal and Top 11 Reasons You Should Fight Hate Laws)
Consider this example. I recently debated on Seattle's Christian superstation KGNW with Christian/conservative talk show host Thor Tolo and syndicated talk show host and Messianic Jew Jan Markell. About halfway through the program, Thor boldly declared that Jews own and control the media in the United States.
“Massive [Jewish] control of media, frankly, is indisputable,” he said. “The percentage of Jews who are in Hollywood running major motion picture studios and controlling the major networks is simply beyond dispute.” (Listen to the broadcast at www.truthtellers.org.)
The “old canard” of Jewish control of media tops the list of what the Anti-Defamation League considers “virulent anti-Semitism." This charge shares “hate speech” notoriety with the historic “blood libel” that medieval Jews mixed Gentile blood in their Passover matzo bread, or that the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion lay out an authentic Jewish plan for world mastery.
Thor Tolo, nationally known and respected evangelical talk show host, made a classic “anti-Semitic” assertion before a rush hour audience of perhaps hundreds of thousands! Was he speaking the truth? Absolutely. Is he anti-Semitic? No!
But the world’s premier anti-Semitism watchdog organization, ADL, would probably describe his words as "blatantly and repugnantly anti-Semitic." In Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism, ADL’s national director Abe Foxman says, “It’s so disappointing to find the old canard about Jewish control of the entertainment industry surfacing yet again…” Yes, Foxman says, there are Jews, even a disproportionate number of Jews, in Hollywood. But there are also many Irish and Germans in Hollywood, and no one is entitled to say that Irish and Germans control the entertainment industry. Like Jews, he says, they just work there. (Foxman ignores the question of who owns the movie studios that Jews, Irish, and Germans work for.) Foxman teaches that it is anti-Semitic, hateful, and hurtful to suggest that Jews dominate the opinion-making sector of our society. He warns that just hearing the accusation that Jews dominate the media may be the first taste of real anti-Semitism for many young people, leading them deeper into hatred of Jews (p. 249).
Tolo: Facing the Consequences
What might happen to Tolo? Under America’s First Amendment protection he has the right to tell the whole truth even if the Jewish media he has offended considers it anti-Semitic. Certainly, if Tolo were an international figure like Dr. James Dobson and he claimed Jews dominated the media, attacks on him as a “Christian anti-Semite” would be immediate. This, in fact, is what happened to world-renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham. In private conversation with Pres. Richard Nixon, Graham also said that Jews controlled the media and expressed grave concern saying "this stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's going down the drain." Nixon agreed. Later, when exposed, Graham at first denied he ever made such remarks but then groveled before the rabbis of Cincinnati, confessing that his words were “unforgivable.”
Tolo Would Be a “Hate Criminal” in Canada
If Tolo had been broadcasting only a few miles north in British Columbia, he would be completely without legal protection. Jewish “professional complainers” such as Richard Warman and Bernie Farber, emanating from B’nai B’rith Canada and the Canadian Jewish Congress (Canadian ADL), scour Canadian internet, print, and broadcast media for such “hate speech.” They would immediately report Tolo to the police, claiming they were traumatized by his characterization of Jews as media moguls–an accusation they would assert has a long history of inciting hatred of Jews and violence against them.
In the British Columbia hate crimes tribunal court, Tolo could cite impeccable Jewish sources such as the Encyclopedia Judaica article on motion pictures (pg. 449) which says “all the large Hollywood companies with the exception of United Artists… were founded and controlled by Jews." He could cite the Judaica’s articles on David Sarnoff, William S. Paley, and Leonard Goldenson and prove that the big three TV networks, the most powerful creators of public opinion and moral decline in America during the last 50 years, were founded and controlled by Jews. He might also bring to court a number of authoritative Jewish histories of the movie industry including Neil Gabler’s An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. (See, Jews Confirm Big Media Is Jewish)
But it would do no good. All such evidence is considered irrelevant in a hate crimes trial in Canada. The only issue is whether Jewish feelings are hurt. Tolo would be found guilty of Section 319 of Canada’s federal hate law, The Canadian Human Rights Act (passed at ADL’s insistence in 1971 after 20 years of lobbying efforts).
After Tolo alleged a Jewish monopoly of the media, he retreated into uncertainty about whether Jewish media moguls would actually stoop to use their power to influence America in a negative way. Would Tolo be acquitted because he didn’t say Jewish media control had been evil or damaging? Not a chance. Under the British Columbia provincial hate law, it is a hate crime to merely make public statements that might be “likely to incite hatred or contempt.” Certainly, prosecution would argue, Tolo influences many hundreds of thousands and should have known how “likely” it was that rebellious youth and racists might take his negative characterization of Jews and make use of it in acts of bigotry or violence.
Tolo would be found guilty and probably receive a $5,000 fine. If he contested the verdict, he could expect to pay $175,000 to over $200,000 in legal fees to defend his freedom, yet still remain guilty in the end. If he repeated his “hate speech” in public, he could face years in prison for contempt of court. If KGNW existed in Canada, it would lose its broadcasting license. (See, New Federal "Hate" Bill Means Funeral Of Free Speech)
Hate Laws Can Happen Here
You may sigh in relief and say, “Thank God such an oppressive hate laws system doesn’t exist in America!” Yet we are very close to that political slavery. The same ADL that ended free speech in Canada recently persuaded the US House of Representatives to overwhelmingly pass essentially the same hate crime bill! Top priority for ADL is to pass S.1105, The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, in the Senate. It could move out of the Senate Judiciary Committee to a full vote very rapidly. (See, What's Happened To The Hate Bill?)
How do we keep ourselves, our pastors, and talk show hosts like Thor Tolo free from the stifling hate laws that now cripple free speech in Canada? Call your senators toll free today at 1-877-851-6437 and tell them; “Please don’t vote for hate crimes bill S.1105. Hate laws have taken away free speech in Canada and many European countries. If you vote for the hate bill, my friends and I will do our best to defeat you in the next election."
Come to www.truthtellers.org for the list of Senate Republicans and Democrats who may be persuaded to vote against the hate bill. We only need to change the minds of six or seven Senators, and the federal hate bill will be killed in this session of Congress.
If we can kill the hate bill, you and I and talk show hosts like Thor Tolo can continue the messy, politically incorrect process of hard critical thought—without fear of being cuffed and interrogated by the “bias crimes” unit of the local police department.
Tolo is one of the very few evangelical talk hosts in the nation with the nerve to allow an alternative view on Israel to be aired. If we can continue to hold back hate laws, maybe other talk show hosts will follow. Perhaps what Nixon and Billy Graham wished, in hushed tones, can become a reality: the Jewish stranglehold on media can be broken.
That would go a long way toward saving America.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watch dog organization.
Let the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith teach you how they have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
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