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Friday, May 03, 2024

Democracy Hollowed Out Part 52 - H.R. 6090

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Without an historical lens, its not possible to fully understand the complex interconnections between anti-Zionism and antisemitism today.
 
Instead of the polarising pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist narratives we are currently seeing, our aim should be to work towards understanding each other’s pain and learning to listen to each other with respect, even if we choose to agree to disagree. We seem to have a long way to go to achieve this goal.
- When does anti-Zionism become antisemitism? A Jewish historians perspective, The Conversation, 2024
 
The idea of THIS BILL is to get something on the books that can stand up in the Courts. The true hazard emerges later. It’s informal, but deadly serious. The Executive will use the definitions in the bill to pressure the platforms to censor inconvenient voices behind the scenes.  If the court ever hears the matter (the Executive’s unconstitutional behavior, not the legislature’s), it will be years down the road.
- Brett Weinstein, 2024
 
“Antisemitism is wrong, but I will not be voting for the Antisemitism Awareness Act of 2023 (H.R. 6090) today that could convict Christians of antisemitism for believing the Gospel that says Jesus was handed over to Herod to be crucified by the Jews,” argued Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia who spoke at a conference organized by Holocaust denier and antisemitic commentator Nick Fuentes and has a history of pushing antisemitic conspiracy theories like claiming California wildfires were started by Jewish space lasers.
- Banning the Bible, Brian Kaylor, May 9, 2024

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US House passes controversial bill that expands definition of anti-Semitism
Rights groups warn that the definition could further chill freedom of speech as protests continue on college campuses.

Al Jazeera
May 1, 2023

The United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed A BILL that would EXPAND THE FEDERAL DEFINITION of anti-Semitism, despite opposition from civil liberties groups.

THE BILL passed the House on Wednesday by a margin of 320 to 91, and it is largely seen as a reaction to the ongoing antiwar protests unfolding on US university campuses. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

If the bill were to become law, it would codify a definition of anti-Semitism created by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

That is a federal anti-discrimination law that bars discrimination based on shared ancestry, ethnic characteristics or national origin. Adding IHRAs definition to the law would allow the federal Department of Education to restrict funding and other resources to campuses perceived as tolerating anti-Semitism.

But critics warn IHRA’s definition could be used to stifle campus protests against IsraelҒs war in Gaza, which has claimed the lives of 34,568 Palestinians so far.

What is the definition?

IHRA’s working definition of anti-Semitism is “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”.

According to the IHRA, that definition also encompasses the “targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity”.

The group also includes certain examples in its definition to illustrate anti-Semitism. Saying, for instance, that “the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor” would be deemed anti-Semitic under its terms. The definition also bars any comparison between contemporary Israeli policyӔ and that of the NazisӔ.

However, IHRA does specify that “criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic”.

Bipartisan criticism

Rights groups, however, have raised concerns the definition nevertheless conflates criticism of the state of Israel and Zionism with anti-Semitism.

In a letter sent to lawmakers on Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) urged House members to vote against the legislation, saying federal law already prohibits anti-Semitic discrimination and harassment.

The bill is “therefore not needed to protect against anti-Semitic discrimination”, the letter said.

Instead, it would likely chill free speech of students on college campuses by incorrectly equating criticism of the Israeli government with anti-Semitism

Those fears were echoed within the House of Representatives itself. During a hearing on Tuesday, Representative Jerry Nadler, a Democrat, said the scope of the definition was too broad.

“By encompassing purely political speech about Israel into Title VIs ambit, the bill sweeps too broadly,” he said.

Representative Thomas Massie, a Republican, also criticised the bill in a post on the social media platform X, noting that it only referred to the IHRA definition, without providing the exact language or stating clearly which parts would be enshrined into law.

“To find the legally adopted definition of anti-Semitism, one must go to [the IHRA website],” he wrote.

“Not only is the definition listed there, but one also finds specific examples of anti-Semitic speech. Are those examples made part of the law as well?”

Concerns on campus

The IHRA adopted its current definition of anti-Semitism in 2016, and its framing has been embraced by the US State Department under President Joe Biden and his two predecessors.

The vote on Wednesday comes as RENEWED PROTESTS have swept across college campuses in opposition to Israel’s war in Gaza. April has seen the spread of encampments on university lawns, as students call for university leaders to divest from Israel and for government officials to call for a ceasefire.

The Biden administration and other top Washington officials have pledged steadfast support for Israel, despite mounting humanitarian concerns over ITS MILITARY CAMPAIGN.

US lawmakers also have upped the pressure on university administrators to quash the protests, which they have portrayed as inherently anti-Semitic.

Protest leaders across the country, however, have rejected that characterisation. Instead, they accuse administrators and local officials of conflating support for Palestinians with anti-Semitism.

They also have said their rights are BEING TRAMPLED by administrators who seek to appease lawmakers, prompting at times violent police crackdowns on the encampments.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Mike Johnson announced that several House committees would be tasked with a probe into alleged campus anti-Semitism. But critics fear the investigation could ultimately threaten to withhold federal research grants and other government support from the universities where the protests are occurring.

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Congress Criminalizes the New Testament

By Chuck Baldwin
Chuck Baldwin Live
May 10, 2024

I’ll lead off by quoting a brief missive by Dr. Stephen Jones. On May 2, he WROTE:

Yesterday congress passed what is called the Anti-Semitic Awareness Act.

It is a bill which criminalizes any criticism of the Israeli state or of Zionism. It also criminalizes any Bible passage (such as Acts 4:10) which states that the Jews crucified Jesus. And because the bill assumes that all Jews are Zionists, it confounds anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism.

Many Christian congressmen voted for this bill. What will they do when the Bible is banned? No doubt they will claim that they never intended for this to happen, or that they voted for the bill without even reading it. Yet they should have known how unconstitutional the bill is, as it greatly restricts the right of free speech.

This would not have been possible had it not been for the support of Christian Zionists such as Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, who used to be a constitutional lawyer.

By restricting free speech, he has betrayed all of us and is a good example of a modern Judas.

Amen, Dr. Jones.

House Speaker Mike Johnson touts himself as being a strong man of faith. He calls himself an evangelical Christian. Yet Johnson has quickly joined the ranks of the Deep State and atheist Zionism as a big-government, warmongering, anti-free speech and antichrist toady: an enemy of GodҒs Holy Word.

The bill referenced above that Johnson rammed through Congress codifies into U.S. law blasphemy against New Testament Scriptures. Real Christians couldnt have any part of such sacrilege.

Only the foolish ignore the words of Christ where He said, Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matthew 7:15)

In a similar fashion, the Apostle Paul warned:

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (II Corinthians 11:13 - 15)

Jesus also told us frankly: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:20)

By his fruits, Mike Johnson has proven himself to be a false prophet and deceitful worker.

Remember, the Antisemitic Awareness Act is a bill which criminalizes any criticism of the Israeli state or of Zionism. It also criminalizes any Bible passage (such as Acts 4:10) which states that the Jews crucified Jesus.

Let’s read Acts 4:10. The Apostle Peter is the speaker:

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. [Emphasis added]

According to Mike Johnsons bill, preachers and Christians cannot quote this verse from God’s Word without being guilty of “antisemitism.”

And let’s not forget Matthew 27:20:

But the [Jewish] chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. [Emphasis added]

This proclamation by that Jewish mob was a public admission of their bloodguilt for the death of Jesus Christ.

Again, this passage of Gods Word is illegal under Johnson’s “antisemitism” bill.

Plus, Acts 7:52 records Stephen proclaiming to the Jews:

Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One [Jesus]; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers. [Emphasis added]

And then the Jews killed Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

This is another Biblical passage that Johnson has commanded that we tear out of our Bibles.

And notice the myriad of mentions in the Gospels where the Jews are recorded as trying to kill Jesus: Mark 14:44; John 5:16; 5:18; 7:30; 7:32; 8:59; 10:31; 10:39; 11:57; etc. Johnson demands that we tear these passages from the Gospels out of our Bibles as being antisemitic.Ӕ

The passages in the Book of Acts that record the attempts by the Jews to persecute, beat, imprison and kill Christ’s apostles are almost too numerous to count. See Acts 9:23; 11:19; 12:3; 13:50; 14:5; 14:19; 17:5; 18:12; 20:3; 21:27; 22:30; 24:27; 25:7; 25:24; 26:2; 26:7; 28:17.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (a professing Christian) considers all of these Bible passages “antisemitic” and demands through law that they be banned and the people who quote or proclaim these Biblical truths be treated as criminals.

I invite readers to watch a short 5-minute VIDEO clip that I made last Sunday with the same title as this column challenging America’s pastors. Any pastor who submits to Mike Johnsons tyrannical antichrist dictate will prove to all the world that their king is Caesar and not Christ.

Thankfully, many others are speaking out against Michael Johnsons attempt to criminalize free speech in America.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts WRITES
writes:

Israel Relocates to Washington, D.C.

The US Congress has become an extension of the Israeli government. We don’t need a president. We have the Israel Lobby.

The US House of Representatives just passed a bill that means prison for any Christian or anyone for that matter who quotes the Bible that says Jesus was handed over by Jews to Pontius Pilate to be scourged and crucified by the Romans.

The bill, which passed 320-91, criminalizes all criticisms of Israel and Jews as anti-semitism. If the Senate passes this bill, I suppose it will end up in book-burning of many works of literature including Shakespeare [and the Bible].

Clearly the majority of the House of Representatives is so much in thrall to the Israel Lobby that there is no hesitancy about normalizing genocide and setting the scene for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

This bill is such an obvious violation of Constitutionally-protected free speech that it tells us that Congress will not come to the aid of free speech as it is closed down everywhere. Will the Supreme Court be too fearful of its own destruction to rule against the billҒs violations of free speech and the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment? See THIS and THIS.

Glenn Greenwald’s report is very important. Protest has become a criminal act. Freedom in America is dead. The US is a police state, and the police, presstitutes, Christian Zionists, and House of Representatives are very proud of it. See THIS.

Amen, Dr. Roberts.

Republican or Democrat: It doesnt matter. Both parties are lackeys for the Israeli lobby; neither party cares a whit about protecting the God-given liberties of the American people protected in our Bill of Rights; and both parties have proven themselves to be the enemies of Jesus Christ and GodҒs Holy Word.

Both parties in Washington, D.C., are leading America into the pits of Hell.

P.S. We have just released my latest Prophecy Message DVD entitled Babylon The Great Part One ֖ The Mother Of Harlots, taken from Revelation 17.

I’m confident that Mike Johnson would want to ban this message too.

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