Rev. Ted Pike
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
For the past eight years, the Anti-Defamation
League of B'nai B'rith has tried unsuccessfully to pass its Orwellian
federal "anti-hate" bill. It has failed largely for one reason:
Republican control of Congress.
Repeatedly, Republican opponents of their hate bill, such as Rep. Roy
Blunt and Sen. Bill Frist have been able, with Republican congressional
backing, to block passage.
With Democrats now in control, such freedom-saving clout no longer exists.
ADL's federal thought crimes bill, "The Local Law Enforcement Enhancement
Act," will be reintroduced soon after January 1. Since no Democrat
in Congress has ever voted against the hate bill, it will pass. Pres.
Bush has said he will sign a "modified" hate bill. If he does,
free speech in America will quickly come to an end.
Unless, that is, there arises an upheaval of protest from the American
people. How can that happen? Answer: Alternative right-wing talk radio
has helped make it happen before; it can do so again.
Spreading Net of Thought Crime Laws
Today, from Canada to California, to Europe and Australia, ADL-inspired
"thought crime" laws are stripping nations of free speech.
In Canada and many European countries, it is a crime punishable by heavy
fines and even imprisonment to make use of the internet to criticize
federally protected groups, such as homosexuals and Muslims.
A top Canadian "hate laws" senior policy advisor recently
described the power of her country's "speech crime" tribunal
courts: "The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is a quasi-judicial
body. It can force a web to shut down or risk a $10,000 fine--$20,000
in extreme cases. If one ignores the Tribunal, one can be tried in federal
court for contempt, and risk a 9-month jail sentence for a first-time
offense." (Karen Izzard, quoted in Jewish Tribune, Sept. 21, 2006)
English-Turkish cyber-hate expert Prof. Yaman Akdeniz, speaking at a
B'nai B'rith conference on how to end dissent on the net, rejoices that
David Irving is behind bars. He said "continental European countries
such as Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria
and Belgium have strong anti-hate laws, which have resulted in the imprisonment
of hate-mongers. In Holland, 657 websites were removed. And in Germany,
more than 700 hate websites were shut down." (ibid)
In England, two men who publicly described Islam as a "wicked faith"
were indicted under Britain's anti-hate law and are fighting to avoid
seven years in prison. The ADL-influenced British hate law stipulates
that truth cannot be admitted as evidence in court. Only the complaints
by members of specially protected groups who say their feelings have
been hurt will be allowed. David Irving languishes in an Austrian prison
primarily because he was forbidden to bring truth to the court in his
NPN Helped Hold Back Hate Laws
Congressional Republicans have played a decisive role in keeping hate
laws from similarly binding America. But there is another factor: the
consistent resistance and education provided over the last 27 years
by the National Prayer Network. Here is a brief history of NPN's role
and my part as its director.
In 1988, after ADL held its definitive Hofstra conference on "verbal
violence," I realized ADL wanted jurisdiction over all hate crimes
definitions, education, enforcement, and statistics gathering for the
federal government. They intended to seize control through passage of
their Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990. I responded by creating a
powerful brochure, "Will Hate Laws Make You a Lawbreaker?"
which NPN sent to many thousands of key opinionmakers.
Ultimately, we failed. Congress passed the act and ADL now dominates
the federal hate crimes agenda all the way down to every local police
precinct in America.
Also, during the 1990s, ADL persuaded about 46 states to adopt some
version of its "Model Hate Crimes Statute." These are backup
"sleeper" state hate laws that can be used by ADL in lieu
of a federal hate law, which is their ultimate dream.
Where were the New Right watchdogs during the 10-year period when ADL
created a federal hate crimes agenda and made hate crimes law for most
states? There was no organized consistent opposition apart from some
excellent research on the danger of hate laws done by Robert L. Knight.
This was used in sporadic alerts by New Right organizations including
Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, and the efforts of
Dr. D. James Kennedy, who was pivotal in publicizing Knight's research
to help defeat a federal hate bill in 2000 (See, "How Dr. D. James
Kennedy Helped Save Free Speech").
Sounding the Alarm
In 2000, my wife Alynn and I produced an 80-minute video documentary,
Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians. With much documentation provided
by Canadian free speech leader Paul Fromm and a stellar review from
Michael Collins Piper of the American Free Press newspaper, many thousands
of this groundbreaking video circulated throughout America and the world.
Also, hand writing every address, NPN sent 12,500 copies of my brochure
to every state legislator and virtually every member of Congress, plus
about eight of each of their key legislative staffers.
Yes, these were small beginnings. But at last, a consistent educational
program against hate laws was underway.
Not a moment too soon! In the spring of 2002, ADL expected easy passage
of its hate bill by the Senate. Yet Jim Tucker of American Free Press
told me that when he attended the National Press Club at that time,
reporters were abuzz with how much unusually educated protest against
hate laws was bombarding members of Congress.
Emboldened by the public outcry, a handful of spirited Republican senators
demanded discussion of the bill on the floor of the Senate. That's the
last thing Tom Daschle and the ADL wanted. They shelved the bill for
Taking to the Airwaves
In the spring of 2004 NPN and the religious right were shocked to learn
ADL had quickly and quietly passed its hate bill by a vote of 65-33
in the Senate.
I was desperate to defeat the hate bill, but how? The only glimmer of
hope was in burgeoning alternative talk radio. For a week, I phoned
1,400 talk radio stations in America, gleaning the names of about 350
Christian conservative talk show hosts. I sent them our hate laws brochure
and an offer of a free video. Only five responded.
Then I heard of popular talk show host Pastor Ernie Sanders. He shared
my burden and allowed me to speak on his program many times to alert
his vast listening audience. The late Dr. David Wolfe soon did the same
on the Genesis radio network, as did Bill Brumbaugh of First Amendment
Radio. During the summer of 2004, as the hate bill was headed for conference,
many other talk show hosts allowed me to speak. A wave of angry protest
assaulted Congress. Result: Again, House Republicans, under Rep. Roy
Blunt, encouraged defeat of the hate bill on Oct. 8, 2004.
ADL Goes Berserk
What happened next is still beyond belief. ADL was enraged by our defeat
of their cherished thought crimes bill. On Sunday, Oct. 10, through
their National Executive Board member, Philadelphia District Attorney
Lynne Abraham, they arrested 11 Christians peacefully evangelizing at
a large gay pride rally in downtown Philadelphia. One of the charges
against the Christians was the "hate crime" of criticizing
homosexuals. Total possible penalties: 47 years in prison and $90,000
fines each. (See, "Eleven Christians Jailed For Criticizing Homosexuality")
Realizing God had given ADL into our hands, I took the offensive on
dozens of national radio talk shows, some with Michael Marcavage, head
of the "Philly 11." He and his lawyers were also extensively
interviewed. Some New Right organizations, such as Concerned Women for
America and WorldNetDaily, alerted millions. Despite silence from the
mainstream media, we were able to trumpet news of this outrage to the
entire astonished world.
International indignation against Abraham and the corrupt Philly government
became so great that Abraham (herself soon the defendant in a wrongful
arrest and imprisonment suit) was glad to allow a fair-minded judge
and jury to drop the case against the Christians.
In my opinion, ADL's rash action against the "Philly 11" was
the greatest blunder in their 89-year history. It allowed me, in the
next year and half, to speak on nearly 200 talk shows. For the first
time, millions of Americans were made aware of how ADL has silenced
free speech in Canada and desires the same stranglehold in America.
Incredibly, however, most of the largest Christian conservative organizations
gave minimum, or very belated, exposure to what happened in Philadelphia.
To this hour, they have failed to provide any long-term education on
the threat of thought crimes legislation.
Threat of Hate Bill Returns
Although we defeated the hate bill twice, the House in the fall of 2004
made recommendation by a nonbinding vote of 213 to 186 in favor of the
hate bill. The next time the hate bill came to the House for a vote,
it would surely pass. That's exactly what happened.
In October 2005, after only 45 minutes of discussion, the House passed
the Hate Crimes Prevention Act as a rider on a Republican-generated
bill to protect children from pedophiles.
The blitzkrieg speed of the bill's passage deeply shocked evangelicals
and conservatives. They thought House Republicans would never allow
it to happen. Beverly LaHaye of Concerned Women for America sputtered
that passage was "inexplicable." If she and other evangelical
leaders had listened to my warnings over the past year, they would have
known passage was not surprising at all, but predicted.
The New Right quickly mobilized. It encouraged millions of Christians
and conservatives to protest with calls to their senators and Bill Frist,
Senate Majority leader. Impressive as was this response, I knew it could
not win. The battle would be decided in the Senate Judiciary Committee,
where, hopelessly, it seemed, Republicans against the hate bill were
On at least 50 talk shows, the most important of which were those with
Jeff Rense, I instructed hundreds of thousands of patriots to do what
few had ever asked before: Come to www.truthtellers.org for a complete
list of the 18 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Countless
patriots, eager to save freedom, called protesting the hate bills.
Having saturated Judiciary for two weeks, I then posted the names of
all 100 Senators, and again a vast number of patriots called each one.
In short, between an outpouring of calls generated by the New Right
and myself-and a divinely imposed madness on the part of Sen. Kennedy,
sponsor of the hate bill who gave up support of the bill in Judiciary
at the last minute-the hate bill was defeated. (See, "Federal Hate
Bill Virtually Dead ")
Hate Bill Still a Threat
Yet, contrary to what most believed, the hate bill was not dead. Sen.
Kennedy still had power to revive it on the floor of the Senate-reattaching
it to the children's bill just as soon as Sen. Frist brought this much-needed
legislation before the Senate.
As a result, Frist (unbeknownst to supporters of the children's bill,
such as Bill O'Reilly of Fox News and John Walsh of America's Most Wanted)
would not let the children's bill onto the floor of the Senate. He would
not allow Kennedy the opportunity to stand to his feet and demand reattachment
of his hate bill to the children's legislation. Frist knew that if Kennedy
got that opportunity, the Senate, having voted overwhelmingly 65-33
for the hate bill the previous spring, would certainly support Kennedy
and pass it.
This standoff of Senate titans continued through the fall and then the
winter session of Congress. Supporters of the children's bill, like
Kathie Lee Gifford, O'Reilly and Walsh, unaware of the real reason for
its delay, began making angry demands that Frist get the children's
bill moving. Frist was mum concerning his real reasons for delay and
wouldn't budge. He knew the extreme danger and power of Kennedy to pass
the hate bill if the children's bill came before the Senate.
Finally, as tension was becoming almost explosive, I sent out my e-alert
explaining to the nation that the only reason the children's bill was
bottled up was because of Kennedy's determination to have his hate bill
attached to it.
Less than two days later, O'Reilly exploded on Fox News, furiously accusing
Kennedy of the obstructionism which I had described. Tens of thousands
of calls flooded Kennedy's office. I also generated many thousands to
all members of the Senate, opposing the hate bill. When Kennedy publicly
announced his abandonment of attempts to pass the hate bill, I knew
we had witnessed another mighty deliverance from God.
A Dangerous Time
Humanly speaking, these victories were primarily made possible because
of the presence and integrity of Sen. Bill Frist and core Republicans
in leadership of Congress.
Frist is now gone as Senate majority leader, replaced by no other than
Sen. Harry Reid, co-sponsor with Kennedy of the Senate version of the
hate bill. Similarly, House majority leader Nancy Pelosi is another
long-term hate bill supporter, a pipeline from San Francisco gay activism.
Such liberals and ADL lackeys are as determined to pass the hate bill
as Frist was to impede it.
Now, with more than enough votes from Democrats and turncoat Republicans,
it is a virtual certainty that ADL's dream legislation will be approved
and move America toward a Big Brother police state.
Considering the lack of focus and inattention of the New Right and Christian
evangelicals in opposing hate crimes laws, we cannot count on them to
provide an offensive proactive program of resistance. Yes, they will
react eventually but only at the last moment. Their stop-gap response
will almost certainly be too little, too late.
Alternative talk radio, especially the Genesis and Republic networks,
speaks to hundreds of thousands of focused activists. It still holds
the brightest possibility, in my opinion, for another deliverance.
That is, if the talk show hosts will put me on the air. The reason I
have dwelt at length on the record of myself and NPN is not to boast.
Rather, it is to remind talk show hosts of my unique ability to explain
the background and danger of hate laws and to generate effective protest
It's true, especially of late, that I have had to become very critical
of Jewish activism, Talmudic Judaism, and Israel. Some talk hosts may
say, "I can't put Ted Pike on-ADL will make trouble and I'll lose
The truth is, talk show hosts, if you don't put me on and let me fight
for your free speech, soon you'll lose not just a few stations-you'll
With Republicans out of power, Congress must be besieged with protest
as never before. With this in mind, the issue is not, "Do I dare
put Ted Pike on the air?" Instead, the issue is, "Do I dare