|It’s Begun: Liberals Invoke Specter of Hate Crimes to Eradicate Hate Speech|
by J. Matt Barber
November 5, 2009
|ATT BARBER, DIRECTOR of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Counsel and Liberty Alliance Action issued the following statement on News that the left-wing United Church of Christ (UCC) and other quasi-Christian liberal groups are calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to officially investigate talk radio and other conservative media outlets in an effort to "put an end" to "hate speech" and so-called "media violence:"|
"One man's principled conviction is another man's 'hate speech,'" said Barber. "For this reason - to protect the free exchange of ideas - our Founding Fathers gave us the First Amendment. The election of President Obama and the recent passage of so-called 'hate crimes' legislation has galvanized the radical homosexual lobby, the pro-amnesty crowd, the quasi-Christian left and other fringe factions. Now, more than ever, they are emboldened to silence all dissent.
"We knew it was merely a matter of time until liberals - to include the Obama administration - would begin using the euphemistic terms 'hate crimes' and 'hate speech' interchangeably. None of us thought it would happen this fast. Those of us who opposed the new 'hate crimes' law have charged for years that the bill's true objective was to silence any opposition to liberal views, including principled opposition to the homosexual lifestyle and illegal immigration. Before the ink on Obama's 'hate crimes' signature is even dry, we have our smoking gun. The verdict? Guilty as charged.
"Unfortunately, the UCC's leadership is cut from the same counter-biblical, anti-American cloth as President Obama's racist pastor Jeremiah Wright. The religious-left movement fervently pushes the doctrines of postmodern secularism - all dolled-up and tagged 'Christian.' They want to have their religion cake and eat it too. In order to achieve their extreme left-wing goals, they are willing to stand by - strike that - they are willing to advocate the trampling of our beloved First Amendment under jackbooted government heel.
"But I'm encouraged. Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of their like-minded cohorts continue to over play their hand. Despite open attempts to "remake" America, we are not an Eastern Bloc country. We've defeated the cancer of Marxism before and we'll do it again. As I believe today's election will prove; the tide is turning. Liberty will prevail."
Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. is Director of Cultural Affairs with Liberty Counsel and Associate Dean with Liberty University School of Law. Send comments to Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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