Dems Under Attack - Time To Block Hate Bills

By Rev. Ted Pike

Many concerned Americans, recoiling from House and Senate passage of the federal hate crimes bill this spring, are tempted to think it's useless to resist new hate crimes legislation. This includes ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act now moving forward in the House Judiciary Committee.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

A Reuters' report, "Lawmakers Seek Survival in Unpopular Congress," Sept.6, indicates that Democrats in Congress, especially after being battered in town halls all summer and with an unimproved economy, view themselves as an endangered species.

This means that, if subjected to renewed protest, Democrats might be persuaded to pull back from support of even more pro-homosexual, freedom-destroying hate crime bills slated to advance this month. Such anti-family initiatives include final passage and signing into law of the federal hate crimes bill.

How shaky is Democrats' security in Congress? Reuters:

Political survival will be high on lawmakers' minds when the Democrat-led US Congress returns to work on Tuesday amid widespread voter dissatisfaction with its performancemany incumbents, both Democrat and Republican, are beginning to worry about holding onto their seats in the November 2010 electionPolls show only about one-third of Americans approve of how lawmakers are doingSurveys find voters have a dim view of both parties but history suggests Obama's Democrats face greater risks because they control Congress and the White House.

Reuters quotes Dean Debnam of Public Policy Polling, a private firm.
"There's a lot of discontent out there and when that's the case, the party in power pretty inevitably gets the blame."

Reuters says a recent poll by Debnam's company "underscores the anti-incumbent mood. It found that only 47 percent of voters say they would vote to re-elect their member of Congress. Incumbents have long received upward of 60 percent of the voteThe poor poll figures frustrate Democrats who have touted the major legislation they passed with Obama's help"

Ethan Siegal of the Washington Exchange, a private firm that tracks Congress for institutional investors, is quoted as saying that financial matters by far top voters' concern. 'Until the economy turns around, Congress' ratings are going to be in the dumpster.'"

Meanwhile, homosexual online newspaper Washington Blade says continuing healthcare debate may slow movement of Obama's pro-homosexual, pro-hate bill agenda. ("More Delays in Congress? Healthcare Debate Seen as Latest Obstacle to Advancing LGBT Bills," Washington Blade, Sept. 4) The House and Senate committees working on ENDA are also preoccupied with healthcare. Nevertheless, the Blade says the House Education and Labor Committee is set this month to hold a hearing and markup of this legislation. The Blade quotes Alison Herwitt, the homosexual Human Rights Campaign legislative director, predicting the federal hate crimes bill will be out of conference and up for final floor vote later this month and then go to Pres. Obama for signing.

One Last Opportunity

The Blade complains of the unexpected delay the healthcare debate has already brought to passage of at least three pro-homosexual bills. What it doesn't mention is that timely and vigorous protest this spring also delayed the hate bill nearly three months in the Senate, forcing Senate Judiciary Democrats to pass the hate bill as an amendment to the defense authorization bill. I was told by Sen. Kennedy's office that he strongly disapproved of the amendment route because it opened the possibility of veto by the President of the defense/hate bill combination.

We can make Kennedy's fears a reality if America now, more than ever, opposes final signing of the hate bill and all Democrat-sponsored hate and bias crime initiatives.

It's time to ride the rising crest of anti-Democrat sentiment by letting Congress know that the people hate every kind of hate bill coming forward and will punish, in the midterms, all who vote for them.

Here's how you, this month, can help stop emerging hate and bias legislation:

1. Call all members of the House Judiciary Committee (names listed on the Action Page of Say, "I protest passage of more anti-freedom hate crimes legislation. These include the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), S. 1584/H.R. 3017; and the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act, H.R. 1966."

2. Call your Senators and House members with the above message. Call 1-877-851-6437 toll-free or 1-202-225-3121 toll.

3. Fax or write Pres. Obama: "Mr. President, we will never forgive or forget if you sign the freedom-stealing, pedophile-protecting hate bill." (write 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500; fax 1-202-456-2461)

4. Fax or write Pres. Obama: "Mr. President, please veto the outdated, wasteful defense appropriations bill."

5. Print and make copies of NPN's new flyer. Distribute as widely as possible.

For the past year, I have predicted that if the hate bill passed the House and Senate it would invite a flood of other hate bills. Our enemy is now all pending hate bills.

Too busy to do everything I have listed above? At the very least call your Senate and House members every day with this statement: "Please don't vote for any hate or bias legislation, particularly the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S. 1584/H.R. 3017."