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How the FCC and Liberal Churches Are Scheming To Shut You Up!
Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2009 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 10/28/2009 8:20:36 AM PDT by dvan

The war on conservative speech has moved from the White House to your neighborhood pews. Left-wing church leaders want the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on "hate speech" over cable TV and right-leaning talk-radio airwaves. President Obama's speech-stifling bureaucrats seem all too happy to oblige.

Over the last week, an outfit called "So We Might See" has conducted a nationwide fast to protest "media violence" -- specifically, "anti-immigrant hate speech, which employs flawed arguments to appeal to fears rather than facts." Their ire is currently aimed at Fox News and conservative talk-show giants. But how long before they target ordinary citizens who call in to complain about the government's systemic refusal to enforce federal sanctions against illegal alien employers or the bloody consequences of lax deportation policies?

The "interfaith coalition for media justice" is led by the United Church of Christ. Yes, that's the same church of Obama's race-baiting, Jew-bashing ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright. Other members include the Presbyterian News Service, the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the National Council of Churches. These religious liberals have partnered with the National Hispanic Media Coalition, which filed a petition in January demanding that the FCC collect data, seek public comment and "explore options" for combating "hate speech" from staunch critics of illegal immigration.

Open-borders groups have sought to marginalize, criminalize and demonize those of us who have raised our voices for years about lax immigration enforcement -- and to impose an Orwellian Fairness Doctrine-style policy on illegal alien amnesty opponents. During the presidential campaign, the National Council of La Raza launched a "We Can Stop the Hate" project to redefine tough policy criticism from the right as "hate." La Raza President Janet Murguia called for TV networks to keep immigration enforcement proponents off the airwaves and argued that hate speech should not be tolerated, "even if such censorship were a violation of First Amendment rights," according to Broadcasting and Cable News.

Now the gag-wielders have a friend in the White House -- and they won't let him forget it. Their FCC petition calling for a crackdown on illegal immigration critics cites Obama's own words in a fall 2008 speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Obama told his amnesty-supporting audience that he knew they were "counting on us to stop the hateful rhetoric filling our airwaves."

Unsurprisingly, far-left billionaire George Soros' money is backing the So We Might See/National Hispanic Media Coalition effort. And remember that the Soros-funded Center for American Progress has provided the Obama White House with its Fairness Doctrine-embracing "diversity czar," Mark Lloyd.

Last week, United Church of Christ officials met privately with FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps in advance of the So We Might See campaign. Copps then delivered a lecture at the UCC's Riverside Church in New York City, expressing solidarity with the liberal church leaders' goals and egging the congregants to take action on "media reform: "We are taking huge risks with our democracy. We need to change that, and we need to do it now. We need to get a grip on what's happening, and we need to fix it."

Jeffrey Lord, who happens to belong to the United Church of Christ, reported in The American Spectator that not long after that speech, the UCC sent out a mass e-mail to its millions of members urging them to join the nationwide fast and regulatory drive. The church-state alliance missive directed its followers: "As a participant, you will be asked to sign a petition to the Federal Communications Commission asking that it open a notice of inquiry into hate speech in the media."

No word on when they'll be launching an inquiry into the fear-based, fact-free "hate speech" from the mouth of Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson, who accused Republicans of wanting sick patients to "die quickly," likened health care problems to the "Holocaust" and attacked an adviser to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as a "K Street whore."

Or when they'll be going after MSNBC and Air America radio hate-mongers who have openly wished on their airwaves for the deaths of George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck.

But I digress. In the age of Obama, the targets of left-wing hate speech don't have a prayer.


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I am certain that these liberals will sell the Administration the rope to hang them with!
1 posted on 10/28/2009 8:20:36 AM PDT by dvan
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To: dvan

Shutting down free speech is unconstitutional no matter how it is tried.


2 posted on 10/28/2009 8:27:31 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: dvan
Ping for later.

Related threads:
USCCB Comm. Office Backs Bid to Clamp Down on Conservative Radio Hosts for "Hate Speech"
USCCB DID NOT join FCC petition on hate speech, says spokeswoman
USCCB Denies Involvement in FCC Campaign against Conservative Talk-Show Hosts

3 posted on 10/28/2009 8:27:41 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job 13:15)
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To: Ev Reeman

McCain and Feingold disagree.


4 posted on 10/28/2009 8:32:40 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: dvan
The Lib takeover of our churches has been insidious. They twist the words of the Bible to encourage Socialism. I quit going to my Methodist church in California when the pastor preached ‘we must redistribute the wealth so that everybody (in the world) has enough’. At the time, he had decided that 9/11 happened because of world hunger. The only way this minister still has a job is because the Methodist Church has gone waaaaaay Left.
5 posted on 10/28/2009 8:42:17 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: dvan
The Lib takeover of our churches has been insidious. They twist the words of the Bible to encourage Socialism. I quit going to my Methodist church in California when the pastor preached ‘we must redistribute the wealth so that everybody (in the world) has enough’. At the time, he had decided that 9/11 happened because of world hunger. The only way this minister still has a job is because the Methodist Church has gone waaaaaay Left.
6 posted on 10/28/2009 8:42:20 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: dvan
National Council of Churches

A communist front group.

7 posted on 10/28/2009 8:45:41 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: buccaneer81

“McCain and Feingold disagree.”

Yeah


8 posted on 10/28/2009 8:47:40 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; ...
Now the gag-wielders have a friend in the White House -- and they won't let him forget it.



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9 posted on 10/28/2009 8:48:07 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: facedown

“National Council of Churches

A communist front group. “

Always has been.....like the Southern Poverty Law Center.


10 posted on 10/28/2009 8:48:46 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: originalbuckeye

I’m still active in my Methodist church, although the denomination has, indeed, lurched leftwards.


11 posted on 10/28/2009 8:51:15 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: dvan

It amazes me that anyone with an IQ of over 90 can’t see that setting up guidelines allowing hate speech against Jews and Israelis (Oh, I mean “Zionists”) but prohibiting any criticism whatsoever of Hispanics is what a four year old might call “not fair.”


12 posted on 10/28/2009 8:52:48 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: dvan

It amazes me that anyone with an IQ of over 90 can’t see that setting up guidelines allowing hate speech against Jews and Israelis (Oh, I mean “Zionists”) but prohibiting any criticism whatsoever of Hispanics is what a four year old might call “not fair.”


13 posted on 10/28/2009 8:56:48 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: dvan

14 posted on 10/28/2009 8:58:40 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: dvan

“You should no longer call me ‘Your Grace,’ instead you should call me ‘Comrade Bishop.’”

Comrade Bishop will not shut me up. I may follow the path of Richard Wurmbrand. I may follow the path of the Minutemen of Lexington, but silence in the face of tyranny and heresy are not on my agenda.


15 posted on 10/28/2009 9:04:52 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're right! We're free! And we'll fight! And you'll seeeeeeee!)
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To: Alex Murphy
The FCC speech-control activists have been lying about the support they're claiming from churches. Both the Methodists and the USCCB (Catholics) have reacted sharply and deny that they support the new hate-speech proposals.
16 posted on 10/28/2009 9:12:51 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("It is our choices, far more than our abilities, that show us what we truly are. " -- J.K.Rowling)
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17 posted on 10/28/2009 9:17:27 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

When the Republicans (i.e., conservatives) regain control of Congress, one of the first things they should do is launch an investigation of that idiot Morris Dees and his so-called “Southern Poverty Law Center.”


18 posted on 10/28/2009 9:29:46 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (A Jimmy Carter got us a Ronald Reagan.....a Barack Obama will get us a Sarah Palin)
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To: buccaneer81
McCain and Feingold disagree.

Then it MUST be true!

19 posted on 10/28/2009 9:32:39 AM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: dvan
These hypocrites never protest Mexico's immigration policies which are much stricter than ours.
20 posted on 10/28/2009 9:38:57 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: Ev Reeman

Who is going to stop them?


21 posted on 10/28/2009 12:09:43 PM PDT by kennyboy509 (Ha! I kill me!)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

I agree, but this should have been done long ago.


22 posted on 10/28/2009 12:28:30 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: originalbuckeye
They twist the words of the Bible to encourage Socialism.

Exactly. Some are just misguided, but many do it purposely - confusing "giving" with government pointing guns at people and "taking".

Social justice indeed.

23 posted on 10/28/2009 6:10:11 PM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (MMM MMM MM!)
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To: dvan

>> Left-wing church leaders want the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on “hate speech”

Any speech against free speech is “hate speech”.


24 posted on 10/28/2009 6:11:48 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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