Despite the fact that we had apparently written about him a few times, I was not familiar with Ted Pike until today. We had apparently mentioned him back in 2006 when he signed on to some letter with a bunch of other right-wing activists like Paul Weyrich, Sandy Rios, Robert Knight, Dr. Paul Cameron, Peter LaBarbera, Gary Glenn, and Brian Camenker calling on then-Governor Mitt Romney “to declare immediately that homosexual “marriage” licenses issued in violation of the law are illegal and to issue an order to all state and local officials to cease violating the law.”
And we mentioned him again not long after that when he said that hate crimes legislation was “the most dangerous legislation ever to come before Congress,” claiming that it would “lead inexorably to the end of free speech.”
But that was about it, until I stumbled across this post he wrote on his National Prayer Network website complaining about how his right-wing allies don’t want to be seen as having anything to do with him:
For the past seven months, I have repeatedly seen the religious right ignore vital information about the hate bill threat and opportunities to defeat it for only one possible reason: they didn’t want to be seen as influenced by me.
After Janet Porter, head of Faith2Action, informed me that conservative witnesses were being turned away by Sen. Leahy’s Senate Judiciary Committee, I immediately quoted her, mounting a national campaign of protest. She called back to tell me that Andrea Lafferty of Traditional Values Coalition and some of her radio listeners had “reamed her out” for even talking to me! She warned me that if ever again I mentioned publicly that I had talked to her, she would never answer any call from me — even concerning an imminent hate bill threat!
Now why would Janet Porter get “reamed out” by Andrea Lafferty for talking to Pike?
Ted Pike, the national director of the Oregon-based National Prayer Network, has for years engaged in an anti-Semitic campaign that denigrates the Jewish religion, as well as what he perceives as Jewish-controlled organizations and leaders. Through a series of Web-based articles, Internet radio interviews, videotapes, and books, Pike constantly claims Jewish control over the government and media and asserts Jewish hatred of Christians and the alleged desire of “evil” Jewish leaders and organizations to control what Christian Americans do and say.
To promote his virulent anti-Semitic ideology, Pike often works under the guise of opposing federal hate crimes legislation and upholding free speech and Christian values. He gives interviews to extremist cable TV and Internet radio shows to further disseminate his anti-Semitic views and also links from his organization’s Website to various anti-Semitic sites. Similarly, a variety of extremists, including neo-Nazis, post Pike’s columns to their own hate sites, where they praise Pike’s anti-Semitic invective.
It should be pointed out that Porter had Pike on her radio show on both May 4 and April 28 of this year and that, at least according to Pike, she didn’t say that she was going to stop talking to him, merely that she would stop taking his calls only if he mentioned publicly that they were in contact.
I’ve often wondered just what someone would have to do in order to be shunned by the likes of Janet Porter, considering that she apparently knows no limits herself. Now we know: promote virulent anti-Semitic ideology … and only then will they be cut off if they make their connection to Porter known.
Have I mentioned that Porter is going to be co-hosting the upcoming How To Take Back America Conference featuring Mike Huckabee and Michelle Bachmann and served as co-chair of Huckabee’s Faith and Family Values Coalition during his presidential campaign? Just wanted to point that out.