Thursday, July 16, 2009
In response to NPN’s recent urgent pleas for hate bill protest, Senate offices today report “hundreds” of calls critical of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, S. 909. This contrasts sharply with yesterday when pro-hate bill calls, primarily generated by the homosexual Human Rights Campaign, outnumbered those of Christians/conservatives. On Tuesday one Senate office reported less than 15 calls against the hate bill by early afternoon. Today, however, Republican offices said pro-hate bill calls were only a small minority.
Many calls of protest are coming from the religious right. Within the last day almost all evangelical watchdog groups have sprung into action, with bold alerts and encouragements. At last, they join NPN in instructing their audiences not just to fax, email, or sign online petitions but to do as Rep. Steve King told us months ago: Actually call Senators. In fact, Focus on the Family and Family Research Council, which last Thursday encouraged America to give up hate bill resistance, are now urging their listeners to phone Washington!
Acute Hate Bill Danger Remains
Yet, despite this encouraging trend, the hate bill remains very much alive! Throughout Wednesday pro-hate bill Democrats, including Sens. Levin, Durbin, Feinstein, and Cardin argued passionately for passage of S. 909. The top issue of contention remains the inappropriateness of attaching the hate bill, protecting homosexuals but not soldiers, to the arms bill, providing security for America and her troops. This criticism, with which NPN-inspired callers have saturated the Senate over the past two weeks, remains a very potent weapon against the hate bill.
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The hate bill will remain a hot issue Thursday with a push by Democrats to move it forward as quickly as possible. Protest must continue loud and strong!
Our best political hope right now is to continue to swamp the Senate. The more calls that come in against the hate bill, the more likely a few Democrats and liberal Republicans will be to defect from hate bill ranks. They will weigh the possibility of losing re-election against staying in good graces with liberal Senate leadership. If only five or six opt for their future political security and break ranks, it means hate bill defeat.
Make it happen NOW! Call Senators with this message: “Attorney General Holder says the federal hate bill, S. 909, will not protect members of America’s military. Yet Democrats will attach a hate bill amendment to the arms bill this week. This is dishonest. The hate bill has nothing to do with the military.” You can add: “Have you watched the video at www.truthtellers.org in which Holder says soldiers are not protected under the hate bill?” Call toll-free 1-877-851-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121 (names available HERE at www.truthtellers.org).
This article was posted: Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 4:21 am