Sunday, January 14, 2007

Freedom of Speech is about to disappear!

Attention all bloggers, churches, internet users and others listed are about to loose your freedom of speech....yes those scoundrels on Capitol Hill are at it again!  Well, you will still have freedom of speech as long as you have filled out all the proper forms and submitted them to Uncle Sam....can anyone say 1984?  Please read this from Traditional Values Coalition and make some phone calls to your Senators and ask them to support the Bennet ammendment to S1, The Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act if you want to retain fredom of speech for yourself, your churches and others.  By the way, this post would be illegal if this passes without the Bennet amendment and I haven't submitted all the proper forms with Uncle Sam...

For Immediate Release
January 12, 2007   Contact April Waugh:
(202) 547-8570
Lobbying Bill Will Violate Free Speech And The Right To Freely Petition Government

Washington, DC – “The Traditional Values Coalition is deeply concerned about the grassroots lobbying requirements in Section 220 of S.1, Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act,” said TVC Chairman Rev. Louis P. Sheldon today. “Section 220 is a direct assault on the First Amendment and the right of citizens to freely petition their government for a redress of grievances!

“This legislation will place onerous reporting requirements on individuals and organizations that lobby our national leaders on issues of importance to them. And, it will impose draconian fines – including potential criminal penalties – for failure to obey these new lobby restrictions.”

Rev. Sheldon points out that Section 220 will target any organization with more than 500 supporters or if a communication reaches 500 or more individuals. Those affected include every blogger, every church, every non-profit or any group that uses direct mail, telephone calls, newspaper or print ads, paid organizers, radio and TV ads and Internet communications.

“The reporting requirements and penalties in Section 220 will place incredible financial and time burdens on grassroots groups as well as potential fines – thus making it less likely that these groups risk communicating with their members on important issues. This cleverly-written section doesn’t directly assault free speech, but it creates a climate of fear that chills free speech,” said Rev. Sheldon. “Will a small grassroots group speak out if it fears being fined for failing to file the correct reports to Congress? This legislation is a subversion of our First Amendment rights.”

Rev. Sheldon notes that this will have a serious impact on pastors! “A pastor, for example, who uses the church bulletin to oppose an anti-Christian bill, will be considered a lobbyist and must register his church as a lobbying firm! This is unacceptable!

The curious thing about this legislation is that it exempts labor unions, corporations and even foreign companies from these reporting requirements. Yet, these are the entities that are most likely to engage in unethical lobbying activities – not small grassroots groups,” said Rev. Sheldon.

“TVC is calling on the U.S. Senate to support the Bennett amendment to remove the grassroots provisions from S. 1.   This section clearly tramples on our First Amendment rights to free speech and the right of every citizen to petition his government!

Traditional Values Coalition is an inter-denominational public policy organization speaking on behalf of over 43,000 churches. For more information or to arrange an interview, call (202) 547-8570. TVC 139 C. Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. Web site address:

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