Reverend Ted Pike of the National Prayer Network is sounding the warning against hate crime tyranny once again. Two hate crimes bills, both sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), are working their way through various U.S. House subcommittees at this time. In addition, passage of the Employers Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), which places additional restrictions on how and who employers can hire and fire, is also not out of the question.
H.R. 256, entitled "The David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009", would supersede all state laws and allow the Feds to move in, take over a state case, and prosecute it under Federal laws, regardless of the state's wishes. It wouldn't matter if the state in question had a law against assault, murder, robbery, etc. If the state didn't have to provision to apply hate crime enhancers, the Feds would hijack the case and make it their own. This was the procedure followed by the Feds in the prosecution of Shaun Walker and his two cohorts in Salt Lake City back in 2007.
Of additional concern is the parent U.S. Code Title 18 already in existence, which states that "whoever...counsels...the commission of an offense against the United States is punishable as a principal". This means that if someone motivated by Senator Chris Buttars' recent denunciation of homosexuality was to commit a crime against a gay, Chris Buttars could also be charged with a Federal hate crime - if H.R. 256 was already in effect.
H.R. 262, entitled "The David Ray Ritcheson Hate Crimes Prevention Act", while providing for a gaggle of additional entitlements for hate crime "victims", primarily calls for the organization of a national hate crimes information center and hotline, to be funded with $10 million of OUR money over the first five years after the bill's passage. However, Rep. Jackson-Lee wants a private entity to run it. And guess who that private entity might be? An organization already experienced in this type of work. Do the ADL or the SPLC come to mind? Rev. Pike seems to think the ADL would be picked to run it. Do you want Jewish supremacists defining hate for you?
Watch Rev. Pike's video presentation:
The Canadian pastor described by Rev. Pike is Stephen Boissoin, who wrote a LTE to the Red Deer Advocate criticizing the practice of homosexuality, and was subsequently hauled before the Alberta Human Rights Commission, and on May 30th, 2008, was fined $7000.00 and directed to make a public apology and refrain from any 'disparaging' comments about homosexuality of the case (details HERE).
Rev. Pike recommends contacting members of Congress. Email or call toll-free 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121 (if you do not know your members of Congress, the Capitol operator will ask you your zip code and send you to them). Tell them: "Please do not vote for both hate crimes bills, H.R. 256 and H.R. 262. Hate laws have taken away free speech in Canada and many European countries". In particular, he wants us to contact members of the House Judiciary Committee, who he lists HERE. And one of them just happens to be Utah's very own Third District Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who is known to be an opponent of hate crimes legislation. He could use some reinforcement from us.