Closing The Borders To Free Speech
By Harmony Grant
February 26, 2009
As immigrants flood our nation in record numbers, many Americans want to talk frankly about the situation. But could this someday be a crime? Could honest talk about immigration someday be as illegal as stabbing a Latino while yelling, “Wetback!?”
It seems unthinkable that the government could deny open debate on a subject like immigration. Yet a federal hate crimes bill before Congress will ultimately do just that-crush freedom of speech to favor “protected classes” (especially racial and religious minorities and homosexuals) and criminalize so-called “hate speech” against them. Such “hate speech” includes the most legitimate critiques of racial difference, protected religions, cultures, or behaviors-and especially immigration.
Hate crime laws – already passed in 45 of our 50 states – ride a wave of propaganda and misperception. Who isn’t against hate? Who doesn’t want to stop crime? But the reality of these laws is dark as any Orwellian tale. Hate crime laws intensify punishment for crimes motivated by bias against specially protected groups. This would be bad enough; our government representatives have no right to create more (and less) protected classes, and they certainly have no right to mine our thoughts and beliefs, then punish what they deem incorrect! But hate crime laws get even worse. In hate law countries such as Canada, they are quickly broadened to punish pure speech, even if no crime is committed.
The White House website’s agenda vows to expand hate crime laws and pass the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act. This bill, HR256, is currently before Congress, along with the David Ray Ritcheson Act, HR262. The first will enhance federal authority to invade states’ law enforcement when a “hate crime” is committed. Expanding an already existing 1968 federal hate crimes law (Title 18, Sec. 2a), HR 256 could punish “as a principal” any writer, radio host, or even average person whose “counsel” incites another to commit a hate crime. David Ray Ritcheson was a Mexican-American high school student brutally attacked and sodomized in 2006. He later testified in Washington, giving his state Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee http://speaker.house.gov/blog/?p=615 the opportunity to say lawmakers should “redouble our efforts to prevent hate crimes by juveniles, which I believe is in the long run the best and most effective way of eliminating the scourge or hate-motivated crimes from our society.” To lawmakers like Jackson-Lee, “prevention” means silencing those who allegedly teach juveniles to hate – namely, leaders and politicians who speak taboo truths about minority populations or issues like homosexuality and immigration.
To silence the politically incorrect, HR 262 will establish a federal hate crimes command center and a massive re-education program in all American public schools from kindergarten through college. Unlike HR 256, which empowers the government to punish hate crimes in states at will, HR 262 empowers the government to ostensibly “prevent” hate crimes in states.
Obviously, this should disturb every American.