Itâ€™s Begun: Liberals Invoke Specter of â€œHate Crimesâ€ to Eradicate â€œHate Speechâ€
By: Matt Barber
Cleveland, OH â€“ Matt 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 â€œput an endâ€ to â€œhate speechâ€ and so-called â€œmedia violence:â€
â€œOne manâ€™s principled conviction is another manâ€™s â€˜hate speech,â€™â€ said Barber. â€œFor this reason â€“ to protect the free exchange of ideas â€“ our Founding Fathers gave us the First Amendment. The election of President Obama and the recent passage of so-called â€˜hate crimesâ€™ 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.
â€œWe knew it was merely a matter of time until liberals â€“ to include the Obama administration â€“ would begin using the euphemistic terms â€˜hate crimesâ€™ and â€˜hate speechâ€™ interchangeably. None of us thought it would happen this fast. Those of us who opposed the new â€˜hate crimesâ€™ law have charged for years that the billâ€™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 Obamaâ€™s â€˜hate crimesâ€™ signature is even dry, we have our smoking gun. The verdict? Guilty as charged.
â€œUnfortunately, the UCCâ€™s leadership is cut from the same counter-biblical, anti-American cloth as President Obamaâ€™s racist pastor Jeremiah Wright. The religious-left movement fervently pushes the doctrines of postmodern secularism â€“ all dolled-up and tagged â€˜Christian.â€™ 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 â€“ strike that â€“ they are willing to advocate the trampling of our beloved First Amendment under jackbooted government heel.
â€œBut Iâ€™m encouraged. Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of their like-minded cohorts continue to over play their hand. Despite open attempts to â€œremakeâ€ America, we are not an Eastern Bloc country. Weâ€™ve defeated the cancer of Marxism before and weâ€™ll do it again. As I believe todayâ€™s election will prove; the tide is turning. Liberty will prevail.â€
Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as vice president of Liberty Counsel Action. (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)