On Monday, May 4, Sen. Edward Kennedy's office told me that, although hearings on his hate crimes bill, S. 909, were not scheduled, Judiciary could vote on Tuesday to send it immediately forward to the floor of the Senate.
There was no discussion of the hate bill in Judiciary on Tuesday.
Instead, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Judiciary chairman, said he will inform us when he has decided to move the hate bill through Judiciary, or hold hearings -- if hearings are to be held. He says he will give one week's notice at www.judiciary.senate.gov if the hate bill is to be considered. This means at least a week's delay -- if we can trust Leahy, which I don't.
Yet, possible delay is very good news! It gives lovers of freedom time to thoroughly blacken the reputation of S. 909, accurately describing it as a pedophile-protecting hate bill. Complete documentation for this claim is provided by NPN's latest 9-minute video "Stop the Pedophile-Protecting Hate Bill!" on the home page at www.truthtellers.org.
With Democrats in control of Congress and a President pledged to sign the hate bill, they are in a position of great advantage. We have known it would take a great deal of activism by American patriots and a miracle of God to defeat the hate bill, and we have been watching to see what He would do. Viewing hearings in the House Judiciary Committee on April 22-23, I recognized His way of deliverance when Democrats refused Rep. King's amendment excluding homosexual pedophiles from special federal protection. As soon as the bill passed out of committee, I issued an e-alert and was on the radio dramatizing this unbelievable error of judgment and urging all lovers of freedom to call members of the House, urging them not to vote for a bill that protects pedophiles.
Then, when Rep. Alcee Hastings defiantly proclaimed on the floor of the House last week that not only pedophilia but all of the other 546 sexual deviancies, or paraphilias, listed by the American Psychiatric Association would be specially protected under the hate bill, I knew the Lord had delivered the hate bill forces into our hands. We had been given an issue capable of defeating the hate bill where other arguments would fail. Every American, whether conservative or liberal, religious or non-religious, has a visceral disgust at those who rape little boys and girls.
Within hours of Hastings' verbal indiscretion, I increased my media warnings that the hate bill was a pedophile-protecting bill! The next day, our new video, making visual and audible Hastings' declaration, was posted at www.truthtellers.org.
I was very gratified that two of the most outspoken evangelical watchdog groups, Janet Porter's Faith2Action and Traditional Values Coalition, soon appreciated what the Democrats had given us.
In a conference call last week with evangelical leaders, hosted by Dr. Wiley Drake, I explained to Janet and others why the pedophile-protecting issue should be magnified. She had me on her syndicated radio show (85 affiliates) to explain this new approach to her evangelical audience. This morning, WorldNetDaily (circulation seven million) published her dynamic and incisive call for Christian protest of what she calls the "Pedophile Protection Act."
Similarly, I was able yesterday to reach a very large evangelical audience. Janet interviewed me again, as did Pat Kiley and Dr. Laurie Roth -- interviews broadcast over at least 325 radio stations, largely Christian, Salem Media affiliates. The seven national broadcasts I did yesterday, ending with Jeff Rense, reached well over a half million Americans, challenging them to call Congress demanding an end to the "pedophile-protecting hate bill."
Without a doubt, massive protest calling, which largely jammed phone lines of Senate Judiciary members Monday morning, is causing Democrats to pause. Cocky and overconfident after their stunning House victory last week, they now seem to be proceeding with caution. Sen. Kennedy's office would betray nothing of strategic importance on Tuesday, nor would Sen. Leahy's. With Democrats one vote shy of a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, are they considering waiting until Al Franken is seated, something that could consume months? Or will they move the hate bill forward rapidly without hearings, counting on pro-hate bill Republicans to give them the necessary advantage? At this time, no one but Democrat power brokers knows the answer to these questions.
One thing we do know: Even though the liberal media and most of the largest mainstream conservative talk shows and print media remain silent regarding even the existence of the hate bill in Congress, you and I, through venues such as talk radio and the internet, are capable of wielding a very large black brush -- a brush that can tar the federal hate crimes bill as the most despised legislation in American history.
Call 1-877-851-6437 toll free or 1-202-225-3121 toll. Names of all Senate members are posted on the action page at www.truthtellers.org.
Tell all Senators: "Please don't vote for the pedophile-protecting federal hate crimes bill, S. 909. Please insist on Judiciary hearings to debate this very dangerous, freedom-threatening legislation."
Don't let up on your calling to the Senate. Leahy, Kennedy, and Reid are counting on the furor to die down, as other issues and manufactured distractions compete for our attention. They think time is on their side. Actually, it's on ours. In the days, perhaps weeks to come, we have the opportunity to drive home again and again and again to every Senator that voting for a pro-pedophile hate bill is potential political suicide.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.
Watch the dynamic 10-minute educational video, "How to Kill the Hate Bills" at www.truthtellers.org which explains how the two hate bills, H.R. 256 and H.R. 262, threaten freedom. Please tell the offices of members of Congress to watch it! Also at www.truthtellers.org, watch our gripping 82-minute documentary "Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians."
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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