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Monday, April 04, 2005

The American Theocracy
Posted by Jill | 6:59 AM

More fallout from the Schiavo case: Republican wingnuts have decided that the U.S. Constitution is no longer the law of the land, and are seeking to codify all law as coming from the Judeo-Christian God. Their legislative travesty is called the Constitutional Restoration Act, proposed by Republicans in the 109th Congress, which makes it possible for the Congress to charge any judge with a crime who disagrees with the concept that all law, liberty, and government comes only from God.

Here's the summary:

Constitution Restoration Act of 2005 - Amends the Federal judicial code to prohibit the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal district courts from exercising jurisdiction over any matter in which relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government or an officer or agent of such government concerning that entity's, officer's, or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.

Prohibits a court of the United States from relying upon any law, policy, or other action of a foreign state or international organization in interpreting and applying the Constitution, other than English constitutional and common law up to the time of adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

Provides that any Federal court decision relating to an issue removed from Federal jurisdiction by this Act is not binding precedent on State courts.

Provides that any Supreme Court justice or Federal court judge who exceeds the jurisdictional limitations of this Act shall be deemed to have committed an offense for which the justice or judge may be removed, and to have violated the standard of good behavior required of Article III judges by the Constitution

The purpose for this is clear: to eliminate all claims of violations of separation of church and state where local governments are concerned, thus clearing Roy Moore and judges like him to practice idolatry in the form of his stone tablets engraved with the 10 Commandments. It would also put an end to all those pesky Jews complaining about nativity scenes on town hall property.

The second paragraph is clearly designed to remove any obligation the U.S. has to adhere to pesky inconveniences like the Geneva Conventions.

And any judge who still tries to interpret law according to the U.S. Constitution instead of the Bible shall be removed from office.

The sponsors of this exercise of un-American activities are:

Sen Brownback, Sam - 3/3/2005
Sen Burr, Richard - 3/3/2005
Sen Craig, Larry E. - 3/8/2005
Sen Lott, Trent - 3/8/2005

Brownback is planning a run for President in 2008.

A similar House bill has been offered. Its co-sponsors are:

Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6] - 3/3/2005
Rep Barrett, J. Gresham [SC-3] - 3/3/2005
Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1] - 3/3/2005
Rep Cannon, Chris [UT-3] - 3/3/2005
Rep Cantor, Eric [VA-7] - 3/3/2005
Rep Davis, Jo Ann [VA-1] - 3/3/2005
Rep Everett, Terry [AL-2] - 3/3/2005
Rep Foxx, Virginia [NC-5] - 3/3/2005
Rep Goode, Virgil H., Jr. [VA-5] - 3/3/2005
Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] - 3/3/2005
Rep Herger, Wally [CA-2] - 3/3/2005
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] - 3/3/2005
Rep Lewis, Ron [KY-2] - 3/3/2005
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] - 3/3/2005
Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] - 3/3/2005
Rep Pence, Mike [IN-6] - 3/3/2005
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] - 3/3/2005
Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] - 3/3/2005
Rep Rogers, Mike D. [AL-3] - 3/3/2005
Rep Ryun, Jim [KS-2] - 3/3/2005
Rep Souder, Mark E. [IN-3] - 3/3/2005
Rep Wamp, Zach [TN-3] - 3/3/2005
Rep Weldon, Dave [FL-15] - 3/3/2005
Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] - 3/3/2005

For what it's worth, not even MY wingnut Christofascist representative, Scott Garrett, is on this list -- that's how bad this is. (But Scott Garrett IS appearing at a Town Hall meeting at Dumont's town hall this evening at 7:00 PM...I don't know if I'll get there, but if anyone reading this is in the NJ 5th district, you might want to take a run over there and ask him where he stands.)

But if your district is represented by any of these clowns, you might want to give their offices a call and remind them of their oath to uphold the Constitution.

UPDATE: Digby weighs in (worth reading....this is important, because deciding that the Constitution is no longer the basis of government, and that we are now a Christian Reconstruction Dominionist theocracy (because that would be the effect of this bill) is what we used to call, back when the United States of America existed, treason.
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