After Wednesday’s hearing on the cyberbullying bill (HR 1966) in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, internet media, including The New York Times, has lost little time expressing skepticism – even mockery of the Anti-Defamation League’s internet hate bill.
Popular Science says HR 1966 “leaves reason at the door” as it “attempts to criminalize cyber-bullying with vague language that butts up against free speech rights in a wide range of ways.” But it derisively believes Congress will probably pass the bill since “we can trust Congress to make the craziest, least practical choice.”(1)
In an article entitled “Dangerous Opinions Ahead,” ECN Magazine says that, in a rare instance, both the left and right stand opposed to HR 1966. “Make no bones about it—the proposed legislation is a serious assault on first amendment rights...overreaching… an ambiguous piece of legislation…Theoretically, the law would prevent about 99% of political discourse—anyone feeling offended could claim “emotional distress.” This is a steep infringement of first amendment rights. We cannot hope to legislate how people think." (2)
The New York Times editorial “Vague Cyber-Bullying Law” comments: “Lawmakers should enact laws that can withstand challenge to give prosecutors tools to go after bullying of all kinds. What prosecutors cannot do is stretch federal law to label run-of-the-mill Internet activity as criminal.” (3)
Wired.com says 1966 “was met with little enthusiasm by a House subcommittee on Wednesday…From the outset of the 90-minute hearing…committee members from the left and the right said they thought the measure was an unconstitutional breach of free speech. “We need to be extremely careful before heading down this path,” Bobby Scott, a Democrat from Virginia and the committee’s chairman, said during the hearing’s opening moment." (4)
What America saw in the House committee hearing on Wednesday was the torpedoing of the cyberbullying bill (and probably the AWARE bill) by expert Constitutional authorities. I believe both these bills are now burning, listing badly, and likely to go down. My opinion is shared by the Judiciary expert of one of the most powerful House Republicans. He said, "I hate to make predictions, but any bill that receives as cool a reception in the crime subcommittee is probably doomed."
We may be experiencing a great victory not only over the cyberbullying bill but also its companion, AWARE, HR 3630, which would fund to the tune of $125 million over five years the cyberbullying bill's message to schoolchildren in America: Any intention to criticize homosexuality over the internet that causes "substantial emotional distress" to homosexuals is criminal, worthy of two years in prison.
This initial negative response also dooms ADL's Safe Schools Improvement Act, HR 2662, which would criminalize "repeated and persuasive" criticism of homosexuality in the public school system, describing it as "violence."
Three ADL hate bills possibly down! --- and this after Dr. James Dobson turned off the Christian/conservative resistance this spring, pronouncing that nothing could be done to defeat hate crimes legislation, except pray!
In fact, the religious right, neutralized by Dobson in the hate bill fight and directed instead toward healthcare protest and revenge on the Democrats at midterms next year, remains virtually oblivious even to the existence of these dangerous bills. Result: It has done next to nothing to oppose them. Only the National Prayer Network has been in the forefront of opposition to these three bills, marshaling encouragement to Republicans this week through heavy calling.
Are we done fighting? We have only begun to fight and win! Stay tuned for my next weekend article in which I explain how each of us can endeavor to repeat this success again and again in the upcoming hearings against ADL’s monster hate crimes law for the workplace: ENDA.
bullying&st=cse 4. www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/09/cyberbullyingbill
Watch the dynamic 10-minute educational videos, "Stop the Pedophile-Protecting Hate Bill!, at www.truthtellers.org which explains how the hate bill, S. 909, ends freedom. Also at www.truthtellers.org, watch the 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.
TALK SHOW HOSTS: Interview Rev. Ted Pike on this topic. Call (503) 631-3808.
The freedom-saving outreach of Rev. Ted Pike and the National Prayer Network is solely supported by the sale of books, videos, and your financial. All gifts are tax-deductable.
NATIONAL PRAYER NETWORK,
P.O. Box 828, Clackamas, OR 97015
America First Books Editor's Note
For those new to this controversy, please link
to the following articles:
Fox News Rips "Pedophile-Protecting" Hate Bill:
...[Fox News anchor Megyn] Kelly interviewed Rep. Steve King, who attempted to amend the hate bill in Judiciary last week to explicitly exclude pedophiles. King reported how Rep. Alcee Hastings, a pro-hate bill Democrat, proudly claimed practitioners of 547 paraphilias listed by the American Psychiatric Association can "live without fear" once the hate bill is passed.
Ms. Kelly also expressed indignation that, while the Democrats acted to protect pedophiles, they rejected Republican efforts to obtain similar special protection for war veterans. Especially in times of unpopular wars, these are common victims of "hate crimes," spit upon or attacked because of who they are -- military defenders of America's freedom...
Alert to Congress Regarding Hate Bills and the False Flag Attack Threat by America First Books publisher William B. Fox. Two-thirds down the web page please find the essay "The Hate Crime Law Concept: It is all very sinister for at least nine major reasons."
Also, earlier on this same page I comment:
Although Rev Ted Pike is completely independent from Captain May and myself in terms of his political and religious views, the threats we address all stem from the same corrupt power elite. I mention in my concluding remarks below that this elite “would mobilize us into domestic tyranny and foreign wars, while distracting us from economic depression and the groups that brought it about.”
This is the real problem, not the lack of more “hate crime” laws. If anything, we need even more freedom of speech to speak truth to power, sort out our problems, and develop peaceful strategies to handle high level malefactors. This is why we urgently need for members of Congress to not only take a principled stand and stop all hate crime legislative initiatives, but to also roll back all the existing hate crime laws currently on the books.
Hate crime laws actually pose a major national security threat. They condition Americans to feel that certain types of thought are inherently immoral or illegal, even if they do not result in any form of violence or infringement on the rights of others.
In our articles related to false flag attacks, Capt. Eric H. May and I have discussed strong evidence that Mossad-CIA was behind 9-11, the mere "thought" of which would some day be outlawed once hate crime oversight bureaucracies become firmly implanted in America. We can expect government hate crime overwatch entities to experience the usual cancerous growth and abuse of power that libertarian writer and Presidential candidate Harry Browne described in his classic book Why Government Doesn't Work.
Please find out more about the hate crime issue in the Rev Ted Pike archive.
Please discover important alternative religious
and secular viewpoints on
freedom of speech issues
at America First Books:
a) The Rev Ted Pike archive
b) The Religious Crisis page
These web pages address not only conservative Christian and Christian Zionist viewpoints, but also secular, anarcho-libertarian, atheist, pagan/natural religion (particularly Asatru/Odinist),
and "miscellaneous other" perspectives.