ADL LOSING HATE LAW SUPPORT IN EUROPE
By Rev. Ted Pike
28 Nov 11
Cooperation by European governments with the Anti-Defamation League’s hate law agenda continues to plummet. Only four nations reported hate crimes statistics this year out of ADL’s 56-member hate crimes bureaucracy, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). ADL director Abe Foxman nags:
Seven years ago in Berlin, the OSCE countries pledged with great urgency to gather data on anti-Semitic crimes. . .Yet only four of those governments have produced information on incidents for the OSCE [annual] report. Without this basic monitoring, how can any government demonstrate that they are serious about addressing it?
When OSCE was created in 2004, Jewish supremacism was on a roll of hate law prosecutions, especially in Canada. It was aggressively laying the groundwork for extradition of “anti-Semites” and holocaust questioners. Revisionist historians Germar Rudolph and Ernst Zundel were both seized in America and sentenced to long prison terms in Germany for speech crimes. British historian David Irving was imprisoned in Austria. ADL/B’nai B’rith’s goal was a hate law tidal wave that would flood the world’s governments with Canadian-style restrictions on free speech, ultimately criminalizing “homophobic,” “anti-Semitic” Christians and critics of Israel. Today the hate laws passed by ADL/B’nai B’rith in western nations still reverberate with the clank of prison bars in horrendous violations of free speech rights.
Yet diminishing cooperation from the once mighty OSCE reveals a trend. Many governments are becoming disillusioned by the reality of hate laws. Major prosecutions of dissenters linger agonizingly, but Canada’s indictments of “haters” have slowed from a sprint to a crawl. The head of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal stunned Canadian Jewish leaders two years ago by ruling Canada’s internet hate law to be unconstitutional. Recently, a Member of Parliament introduced a bill to repeal it. The Equality and Human Rights Commission is actually defending British citizens under ADL’s EU hate laws. (See Free Speech Reviving in Canada, Britain but not CA, Israel)
Why Are Hate Laws Less Popular?
Several factors are slowing hate law momentum.
First, bitter experience shows governments and legislators that hate laws steal freedom of speech. Many groups and individuals over the past decade have risked their safety, freedom and reputation to challenge hate law bureaucracies. Few have emerged without financial devastation; but, gradually, hate laws have lost their benevolent image and been recognized as stifling free speech, Orwellian and excessively punitive.
Second, ADL (self-admitted architect of hate laws) has been very busy defending the state of Israel. It vilifies as anti-Semitic those who criticize or boycott the Jewish state, including governments. This increases awareness that ADL is more interested in silencing Israel’s critics than in its own high-sounding rhetoric. ADL is further tarnished by its support of Israel’s oppressive apartheid policies, particularly in Gaza. How can a defender of oppression really be trusted to help end injustice? Such doubt dampens ardor to enact new hate laws for ADL or even cooperate in collecting statistics.
There also can be little doubt that the incessant worldwide internet warnings of the National Prayer Network (begun in 1989), equating pro-Israel ADL with freedom-destroying hate laws, have also helped create suspicion.
ADL's Floundering Department of Global Anti-Semitism
ADL's Department of Global Anti-Semitism in the U.S. State Department was mandated by Congress with fanfare and high hopes of being a U.S. government-endorsed extension of OSCE in the Americas, another arm of a global gestapo to at last "eradicate" anti-Semitism. An audacious part of its agenda was to encourage perception of Bible-believing Christians as anti-Semites, potential hate criminals because of their belief in the New Testament claim that the Jews killed Christ. (See Bible is Hate, says U.S. Government)
Yet a President with underlying Moslem-Arab sympathies and a flood of criticism of Israel has made a U.S. government-sponsored campaign of opposition to what Israel regards as "anti-Semitism" awkward. Today, this ADL front, while still occupying its office in the State Department, has fallen far short of the potential ADL envisioned.
Of course, hate laws, passed or not, still represent an enormous threat. ADL continues to very successfully promote them, primarily as "anti-bullying" laws in state legislatures, criminalizing criticism of homosexual students. Yet there is no denying ADL/B'nai B'rith now fears backlash if they continue forward too fast.
Although ADL was able to pass its federal hate law, The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, popular resistance to hate laws plus a Republican/Tea Party Congress (which might call for its repeal as unconstitutional) prohibits the hate law from being enforced with the vigor seen elsewhere.
Hope for Revived Freedom
ADL’s influence over police, media, legislators and governments remains pervasive. Yet virtual collapse of OSCE cooperation is a powerful token of hope. Stunningly, the hate law juggernaut has been slowed by a combination of fearless truth-telling against ADL/B’nai B’rith on a free internet and ten years of bad fruits from hate laws worldwide. We can still do much to stall momentum of the Zionist world government.
Medical doctors and therapists follow a simple rule to heal the body: “Repeat what works.” If enough people continue to publicly identify ADL as destroyer of freedom, perhaps within the next several years Foxman will bemoan zero cooperation from 56 former hate law countries.
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.
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