- If there is one thing Rep. John Conyers did not want,
it was premature news that his extremely dangerous new federal hate crimes
bill (HR 1913) had been entered into the House Judiciary. A milder, shortened
version (HR 256) was introduced in early January to take any flak against
hate crimes legislation. The much more threatening version, HR 1913, contains
all that is necessary to establish a hate crimes bureaucracy in America.
Shielded as long as possible, it has 42 co-sponsors and is a polished weapon
for destroying free speech. Conyers wanted to stealthily introduce it just
before spring recess of Congress last Thursday-to be rapidly pushed to
victory when members of Congress return April 20.
- Dishonest legislators avoid introducing alarming legislation
amid the floodlights surrounding the beginning of a new session of Congress.
They wait until the last minutes of a session, just as the lights are just
being turned off! This happened in Canada in 1971 when their federal hate
law was passed as MPs were literally departing for Christmas vacation.
- Conyers must have been delighted at the lack of opposition
from the mainstream religious right since early January. He knows most
Christian "watchdog" groups won't act until the final bill, with
title and bill number, is established. This was the situation last week:
virtually all such opponents were silent. Our NPN poll showed protest calls
to Judiciary members down to a dismal average of one per day!
- But on Wednesday my e-alert warned "<http://www.truthtellers.org/alerts/conyersintroducingnewhatebill.htm>Conyers
Introducing New Hate Bill!" Its effect was electric. The next day,
Republican offices reported receiving "many calls" objecting
to Conyers' new hate bill. Already Conyers' cherished legal weapon was
being splattered with mud by the conservative right!
- Throughout Thursday, Conyers must have had second thoughts
about introducing his hate bill. Perhaps he thought to minimize the damage
by not giving the hate bill a name and number. Even at 5:30 EST Thursday
evening, a spokesman for Judiciary said Conyers might not enter it until
- But on Friday morning, there it was: HR 1913, The Local
Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Although not yet posted on
the government website, this new bill is undoubtedly identical to HR 1592
which passed the House in 2007.
- Watchdogs Begin to Bark
- Meanwhile, the religious right was beginning to awaken.
Through my Wednesday article, discovery of the lurking hate bill was trumpeted
all over the internet. Responding to my encouragement, many called those
groups I had listed within "The Hate Bill Hall of Shame," asking
why they were doing nothing. Result: Some leadership groups scrambled into
- · Late Thursday night, WorldNetDaily published
a strong article announcing Conyers' hate bill. WND also links <http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=93787>to
a short but powerful video critical of hate laws, a recording of Rep. Louis
Gohmert (R-TX) speaking on the floor of the House in 2007. Gohmert, one
of the feistiest hate bill enemies in the House Judiciary, is (like most
Judiciary Republicans) vowing a bitter fight against the hate bills. Just
like two years ago, they are powerfully energized by calls of protest and
deeply grateful for them. They agree with NPN that the only sensible place
to defeat the hate bills is in Judiciary, not the floor of the House.
- · Although the spokeswoman for the California
branch of Traditional Values Coalition told my research assistant Friday
that she "didn't even know there was a hate bill in Congress until
yesterday," TVC quickly posted an excellent, stiff call to action
against the bill.
- · On Friday, Concerned Women for America featured
a gripping radio interview with a Canadian Christian describing how free
speech has become extinct in Canada. While mentioning that there is a hate
bill in Congress, they gave no details concerning the present threat from
- · WorldNetDaily's article says "Tony Perkins
of FRC was also busy alerting his constituents" to the threat of Conyers'
bill. How that is happening is unclear since as of Sunday, April 5, FRC's
homepage still has no alert posted.
- Our Battle Strategy
- Over this weekend, the homepages of most large conservative
groups (except TVC) remain barren of any warning. But expect that to rapidly
change. Conyers' evil hate bill is important news to the evangelical right.
Every new right watchdog must be seen by their followers as taking action.
- One caller last Thursday was told by Focus on the Family
that they have suspected HR 256 was not the real hate bill liberals wanted;
their plan was to take no action until the final bill appeared. Focus sets
policy standards for a galaxy of Christian activist groups nationwide.
I'm sure Focus repeated this defeatist message to many over the past three
- I only pray that Focus, and all previously silent watchdogs,
do not continue their three month "vacation" from the hate bill
issue! They should not wait until Congress reconvenes April 20. Phone lines
are often jammed when Congress returns. Conyers is the powerful head of
the House Judiciary Committee and is backed by Democratic House leaders;
together, they could move HR 1913 out of Judiciary and onto the floor in
a few days! They've moved that quickly before. With feisty Republicans
fighting the hate bill in Judiciary, there is hope. On the floor of the
House, there is almost no hope of defeating the hate bill, regardless of
- We are already very, very late in this battle. Congressional
offices will be open during business hours until Congress returns April
20. Evangelical and conservative leaders should instruct their millions
of constituents to follow these general suggestions:
- 1. Call your members of the House and Senate at 1-877-851-6437
or toll 1-202-225-3121. Leave this message: Please don't vote for Rep.
Conyers' dangerous new hate crimes bill HR 1913.
- 2. Call the state offices of your two US Senators and
the House member from your district. Their names can be found by dialing
the numbers above. The capitol operator will provide them after you give
your zip code. Numbers for their state offices can be found on the internet
or by calling your public library. Leave the same message.
- 3. Emphasize that there are powerful 10-minute videos
at <http://www.truthtellers.org-->www.truthtellers.org-- must-sees
to understand the danger of hate laws! Already, many staffers in Congress,
both liberal and conservative, tell callers they are watching our videos.
If this trend continues, the truth about hate laws will spread like a benevolent
virus through Congress. Liberals will fear their hate bill's humiliation
by a sixth defeat and prefer to let it die in Judiciary.
- God has given us a miraculous reprieve of at least two
weeks to redeem our effort to save freedom. We should bow ourselves before
Him in gratitude and cry out for His mercy and protection in this time
of enormous legislative peril. Let's anticipate the National Day of Prayer
a month early by fasting and praying for divine deliverance. Churches must
stand on Psalm 91 and begin prayer chains of intercession against the hate
- We must also do more than pray. We must take action NOW,
knowing that it doesn't matter how outnumbered we are in Washington, DC.
When we fight with God for justice and liberty, "one shall chase a
thousand." (Joshua 23:10)