The federal hate crimes bill has been narrowly defeated five times since 1998. Today, it enjoys its highest chance ever of passage, strongly supported by President-elect Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress. It could be reintroduced into Congress this week.
If the hate bill’s powerful supporters succeed, America will begin to establish a dual-justice system, as Canada did in 1971. Traditional law will still cover general crime, but a parallel "bias-motivation" system (and supporting federal bureaucracy) will be erected. Crimes of "prejudice" will be vehemently prosecuted. Inevitably, such crime will include "verbal violence" (i.e. criticism) against federally protected groups, such as Jews and homosexuals. Those who commit "speech crimes" will face harsh fines and even imprisonment, as now threaten the politically incorrect in Canada, Australia, and many European countries.
What can lovers of freedom do to hold back the iron curtain of hate laws?
Public opinion must be turned against hate laws now. If an avalanche of early protest besieges Congress, our elected representatives will think twice about approving this Orwellian legislation.
1. Share our Video
Our powerful new 10-minute video "Hate Bill Lies: Exposed!" demolishes three of hate law supporters’ most crucial arguments: that there is urgent need for a federal hate law, that this law will only punish violent hate crime, and that this law contains no language threatening freedom of speech.
Brief and compelling, this video can reach millions with its simple irrefutable arguments. Now posted on YouTube, it can also be quickly viewed and linked at www.truthtellers.org.
Share this film! Email it; encourage others to watch it online; post it on your Facebook; MySpace, or website; and show it in your church, Sunday school class or political action group.
2. Share our Flier
A second powerful tool is my updated brochure at www.truthtellers.org, "Will Anti-Hate Laws Make You a Law-breaker?" It contains powerful arguments as well as documented cases of Christians and others persecuted under hate laws. This flier can be printed and mass distributed in churches or emailed widely.
3. Demand Hearings
We need to generate early controversy. Since the hate bill passed both Houses last Congress, Democratic leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees do not have to hold hearings. Unless there is massive protest, they will speed it forward to a vote on the floor of House and Senate. That means disaster for freedom. Next stop: signing into law by Obama.
Your protest calls right now will encourage Republican opposition and make the hate bill controversial. If enough controversy is generated, Republicans might pressure Democratic leaders of the Judiciaries to hold hearings. We gained this foothold in the last Congress; the hate bill was delayed and ultimately defeated! Call toll-free: 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121. (You don’t need to know the names of your members of Congress. Give the operator your zip code and you will be routed to their offices.)
Tell your representative: "Please don't vote for the federal hate crimes bill. Please hold hearings on this dangerous legislation."
4. Call other members of Congress
Don't be content just to call your members of Congress. Call others, particularly Senators. The complete list is posted at www.truthtellers.org.
The hate bill will almost certainly pass the Democrat-dominated House. But not the Senate! Sixty votes are necessary for passage in the Senate; defection of even a few Senators could save freedom. Last session, four Democrats did abandon hate bill support. Unfortunately, it was not enough. The hate bill passed by one vote.
Massive calling to the Senate could cause more Democrats to defect, casting their vote for freedom against hate law bondage.
If you are reluctant to call, www.truthtellers.org also has a brief but powerful, ready-made letter you may mail, fax, or email members of Congress.
However you protest, now is the time to defend freedom of speech. Over the past decade, God and the American people defeated the hate bill five times against overwhelming odds.
With God’s help and your dedicated effort, we can do it again!
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.
Learn how ADL took away free speech in Canada and wants to steal it now in the U.S. Congress. Watch Rev. Ted Pike's Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians at video.google.com. Purchase this gripping documentary to show at church. Order online at www.truthtellers.org for $24.90, DVD or VHS, by calling 503-853-3688, or at the address below. TALK SHOW HOSTS: Interview Rev. Ted Pike on this topic. Call (503) 631-3808.