Could the federal hate crimes bill be passed in the remaining months of this Congress? Matt Staver, head of Liberty Counsel, thinks so. He says:
With Congress back in session, we are bracing for the homosexual lobby to push for passage of anti-faith "hate crimes" legislation. My Capitol Hill staff has warned me that the hate crimes language could be added to the Defense Appropriations Bill any day. If this happens, we could have less than 72 hours to stop the amendment before final passage.
Staver's concern is justified. According to the August 22nd Washington Blade, “Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass), a lead sponsor of the bill in the House, has called on the Senate to pass the measure this year as a freestanding bill…” Frank, a homosexual, is as much a bellwether of pro-homosexual legislative trends in the House, as is Sen. Edward Kennedy in the Senate.
In 2007, The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed both houses of Congress, first as a freestanding bill in the House, then as Kennedy's amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill in the Senate. Two months later, 77 Democrats were angry that the defense bill did not require withdrawal from Iraq; they refused to give it final House/Senate approval, even though their cherished hate bill was attached. They joined 180 Republicans in protest. Leading Democrats jettisoned Kennedy's hate crimes amendment from the arms bill; the hate bill floundered. (See, Unsung Heroes of Hate Bill Defeat)
Yet the hate bill is not officially dead until the new Congress is seated in January 2009. If those 77 dissenting Democrats return to the fold, the hate bill could go forward.
Here is my best guess as to how that might happen: as Barney Frank recommends, objections of the 77 renegade Democrats could be overcome simply by putting the hate bill forward in the Senate as freestanding legislation (not related to their quarrel with the arms bill). Since Kennedy is the bill's sponsor, he could do this any time he wants, demanding a roll call vote from Senators. Will they be moved to honor the cancer-stricken "lion of the Senate" by finally passing one of his most cherished pieces of legislation?
How Kennedy was Blocked in 2007
In mid-September 2007, while the evangelical right was asleep to the hate bill threat (confident that Pres. Bush would veto it), Sen. Ted Kennedy boldly asked the Senate to pass his hate bill amendment without discussion. Guess who leapt to his feet to block him? Sen. John McCain. (See, Kennedy Introduces Hate Bill in Senate!)
Sen. McCain, despite many imperfections, has always opposed the federal hate bill - as much as Barack Obama has supported it.
Let's not Take Chances
We do not yet have definitive evidence. Yet, considering this bill's staggering potential to destroy freedom, it is best to err on the side of caution.
Lovers of freedom, call Sen. McCain's office and encourage him to vocally oppose possible reintroduction of the hate bill. Also, call your Senators of both parties. The Democrats must be served notice that if they try to sneak their pro-homosexual hate bill through, the American people, and possibly Sen. McCain, will vocally tarnish their "family values" charade in the critical last weeks before election.
Your Senators are listed at www.truthtellers.org/senatorstaff.html. Let them know you will not tolerate last-minute resuscitation of this freedom-stealing legislation. It was killed last year and should stay dead forever!
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Tell your Senators and John McCain: "Please reject any attempt to revive the federal hate crimes bill. Similar legislation has taken away free speech in Canada and many other countries."
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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