By Rev Ted Pike
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Today in the Senate, Sen. Kennedy demanded a vote on his hate crimes bill, S.A. 2067. Since he co-sponsored it, no one could withstand him - not even Senate minority leader McConnell, who we hoped might filibuster.
The vote is delayed till tomorrow. If you love freedom, you have a little more time to call your two Senators and demand a "no" vote. Call toll free 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121.
We surveyed 38 Senators today and found the same relatively small protest we reported yesterday. A few offices said they received many calls; most reported only a few; some said none.
There is no strong outcry because large Christian/conservative organizations are still failing to provide up-to-date warnings. Visit the following organizations' websites and be astonished at the total lack of timely warnings as of Tuesday morning: Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, American Family Association, Traditional Values Coalition, Faith 2 Action, and Family Research Council.
This morning a Christian activist friend called Family Research Council desperately trying to reach anyone able to write an emergency alert. She told FRC that protest to the hate bill was small and conservative leaders are doing nothing.
A spokesman replied, "You can't say nothing is being done." He referred to one paragraph by director Tony Perkins about the hate bill, buried in a fundraising and prayer letter last Wednesday.
"Can't you do anything?" she pleaded.
"We're keeping a close watch on these events," he said, displaying the same wait-and-see attitude that has allowed the hate bill to get this far.
If this legislative rattlesnake is given life by the Senate, even if Bush vetoes it, it won't lie still for long. It will rise, poisonous and deadly, the first week of January 2009 in the 111th Congress. It will have the power of legislation already passed by the Congress of the United States of America. It may then be rapidly passed and signed into law by a probably pro-hate bill President.
Well-meaning but short-sighted conservative leaders may be saving their readers' flagging energies for defeat of ENDA (The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, H.R. 2015). ENDA is also very dangerous legislation. Yet it will almost certainly pass the House of Representatives, as did the hate bill in May. Then, in the Senate, ENDA could also be very hard to defeat.
Meanwhile, if the federal hate crimes bill passes tomorrow, freedom of speech will be on the way to extinction. The very arguments with which conservatives oppose ENDA and homosexual activism will quickly become illegal. They will be despised as hate speech – verbal violence!
At this eleventh hour, true American leaders must loudly and firmly oppose the federal hate crimes bill that threatens the very foundation of our country. Without freedom of speech, we will have no weapons left to fight any other battle. This is a call to arms. Publish calls to action at the top of your websites. Call your Senators. Demand they vote no! Stand up NOW.
It's almost too late.
CALL YOUR 2 SENATORS!
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog 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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