Hate Laws' Noose Tightens Around Colleges
by Harmony Grant
We thought the summer would be a quiet time, legislatively. On Thursday August 14, the President signed into law the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). If you care about freedom, you’re not going to like it.
HEOA modifies the Higher Education Act of 1965. Its 1,150 pages sit about a foot high on senators’ desks. Maybe they missed the bad stuff. Politicians’ websites focus on how this act is supposed to make college more accessible.
The Jewish Telegraph Agency provides a more important detail. The act “includes stricter standards for collecting campus hatecrime data.” Colleges who fail to apply the standards could lose federal funding.
Institutions of higher learning have been required to report hatecrime since 1998. But Jewish groups felt the standards of reporting weren’t inclusive enough, says JTA; they lobbied for changes. They wanted more and more things to count as “hatecrime.”
It’s obviously not a surprise that Jewish groups pushed this change. The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith is creator of hatecrime laws.
ADL says this bill’s “important new campus hatecrime data collection mandate is an important step forward. ADL stands ready to assist colleges and universities in providing education and training for campus law enforcement officials on a range of hate crime and extremism issues."
Yeah, you bet they do. ADL wants to infiltrate all authorities—state, local, and academic—with their chilling speech bans, thought police, and sensitivity training. Freedom is quickly eroded when students, professors, police officers, journalists, and politicians are indoctrinated to accept specific definitions of “bias,” “hate,” and hatespeech. Soon, a society’s elites become self-censoring; certain forms of speech are outlawed and censored without police even showing up.
This act will be used to further cement the myth of hatecrime in the minds and lives of America’s future leaders. It empowers ADL to further enforce the divisive, dangerous lie that some motivations for crime (some thoughts and beliefs) are worse than others and that some victims deserve more justice than others.
Hatecrime data collection isn’t all. “The act also includes new provisions for universities seeking federal funding for international studies that include standards for diversity, a salve to some Jewish and conservative groups that charge that Middle East departments are dominated by anti-Israel Arabists,” says the Jewish Telegraph Agency. Basically, the feds will fund affirmative action in the realm of ideas. As if Zionists were not powerful enough—saturating our culture through media, Holocaust films, endless articles and books—they need a monopoly in higher education, too.
In his 1991 book, Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus, Dinesh D’Souza criticized the lack of true liberty on college campuses. He writes that by many “it is considered acceptable to censor sentiments regarded as racist, sexist, and homophobic.” This argument could be used, he points out, to censor Plato, the Bible, the Koran, Dostoevsky, and so many others.
Seventeen years later, censorship has turned to criminalization. The ADL’s final goal is to criminalize “hatespeech” throughout the western world and the worldwide web. During this Congress hate law advocates tried to sneak a federal hate bill into the defense appropriations bill. This didn’t work, but the strategy will be tried again. Thick, ponderous bills are perfect places to insert an innocent little clause about criminalizing hate (criminalizing thoughts).
It’s significant that only the JTA and ADL are reporting on the hate crimes content of the Act. These Jewish publications know their Jewish readers will want to know. Why aren’t Christian and conservative, or even mainstream, news sources reporting? Apparently their readers won’t care. You can’t win if you don’t even show up to fight. In this case, pro-hate law Jewish groups are way ahead of pro-freedom Christian/conservative groups. Shame on us.
We certainly don’t seem prepared for the battles that are coming. The 2008 Democratic platform vows, “We will pass the Local Law Enforcement Hatecrime Prevention Act, because hatecrime desecrates sacred spaces and belittle all good people." Harmony Grant writes and edits for National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog group.
Let the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith teach you how they have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
Learn how ADL took away free speech in Canada and wants to steal it now in the U.S. Congress.