Last week it seemed the federal anti-hate bill S. 1105 was slated by Democratic leaders to move through the Senate very rapidly, even to a vote by Friday. Now the opposite may be true; pro-hate bill supporters may actually want to delay its consideration in the Senate in order to have time to generate massive pressure upon Pres. Bush to approve a "modified" hate bill or renege altogether on his veto threat.
At the forefront of efforts to back Bush down are Jewish activist groups nationwide. Forward.com today says, "Jewish groups are gearing up to fight the president's expected veto of a hate crimes bill opposed by Christian conservatives Jewish organizations are playing a leading role in the coalition pushing the bill, with almost all of them - except the Orthodox ones - taking action to promote the passage of the measure Michael Lieberman, Washington counsel for the Anti-Defamation League and chair of the coalition of 290 organizations supporting the hate crimes bill (says), 'We believe that after the president sees the support this bill has in the law enforcement community and with other groups, he will listen and sign the bill'"
The Forward article continues: "'People in the Jewish community have a strong memory and good understanding of the impact hate crimes have,' said Hadar Susskind, Washington director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. The JCPA mobilized tens of local Jewish groups to contact their congressmen on the issue. In an effort to pressure the president not to use his veto pen to block this legislation, Jewish groups are organizing letters and meetings that aim to stress the importance that the Jewish community sees in passing the bill. Other groups will take similar action: mainstream Christian and other religious organizations, law enforcement agencies and women's rights advocacy groups If this mobilization does not manage to convince the White House, supporters of the bill intend to attach the measure to a "must pass" piece of legislation, making it difficult for the president to exercise his veto."
Why is the Jewish community not afraid that Jews might be victimized by the federal hate bill? Simple: since the Jewish ADL sets up hate crimes bureaucracies and controls them once they are established, Jews are virtually never indicted. Although Jewish Talmudic literature defames Christ and Christianity and many Jewish leaders fulfill every criteria of "hate speech," blaming Christianity for anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Jews in countries with hate laws have little to fear from expressing public "hatred or contempt" of Christianity. On the contrary, since 1971 when ADL created Canada's hate crimes gestapo, outspoken members of the political right and, more recently, Christians, live in dread of Jewish "professional complainers," intent on catching them in a word and hauling them into the hate crimes tribunal courts.
Clearly, pro-hate bill strategy is shifting dramatically. When I called the offices of Sen. Gordon Smith and Sen. Edward Kennedy this morning, gone was any hint of rapid movement toward passage. Instead, they say it may be next week before the Senate considers the bill. In fact, the Forward article says the Senate Judiciary may still hold hearings on S. 1105.
What should be the response of all who love freedom? First, we must call, email, fax, or write our Senators demanding they vote against the hate bill. Tell them that if they vote for it you and your friends will never vote for them again. Send your Senator and their 8-10 legislative aides my powerful flyer Anti-Hate Laws Will Make You a Criminal. (All this information is available here at truthtellers.org.)
Also call the 14 Republican Senators who voted for the hate bill in 2004, the 16 Senators who are undeclared, and the 10 Democrats who are not co-signers. Tell all: "Please do not vote for S. 1105. Hate laws have taken away free speech in Canada and many European countries."
In mid-February I warned that the Jewish community of America had mobilized to pressure members of Congress to support the hate bill. I believe the President's threatened veto has sent shock waves into the forces of Jewish activism as never before - an alarm which could bring almost unbearable pressure upon Bush. Realistically, it is virtual political suicide for him to antagonize the Jewish community. Jewish power in this country and in Congress is so formidable that it is almost a truism that what the Jews want, they get. Christian/conservative resolve and activism must be even greater, empowered not just by human energy and organization but by faith in God and His power to deliver in this time of national crisis.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watch dog organization.
Call the White House as well at 202-456-1111.
Leave this message: "Thank you, Mr. President, for promising to veto the hate bill. I expect you to also reject any modified hate crime legislation."
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>http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
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