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OfflineFrankieJustTrypt
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"Constitution" Restoration Act.... A new low in Act naming..
    #3331416 - 11/07/04 11:21 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)


If enacted, the Constitution Restoration Act will effectively transform the United States into a theocracy, where the arbitrary dictates of a "higher power" can override law.

By Chris Floyd
Published: March 12, 2004

One of the sticking points in crafting the just-signed "interim constitution" of the Pentagon cash cow formerly known as Iraq was the question of acknowledging Islam as the fundamental source of law. After much wrangling, a fudge was worked out that cites the Koran as a fundamental source of legal authority, with the proviso that no law can be passed that conflicts with Islam.

We in the enlightened West smile at such theocratic quibbling, of course: Imagine, national leaders insisting that a modern state be governed solely by divine authority! Governments guaranteeing the right of religious extremists to impose their views on society! What next -- debates about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Oh, those poor, ignorant barbarians in Babylon!

Well, wipe that smile off your face. For even now, the ignorant barbarians in Washington are pushing a law through Congress that would "acknowledge God as the sovereign source of law, liberty [and] government" in the United States. What's more, it would forbid all legal challenges to government officials who use the power of the state to enforce their own view of "God's sovereign authority." Any judge who dared even hear such a challenge could be removed from office.


The "Constitution Restoration Act of 2004" is no joke; it was introduced last month by some of the Bush Regime's most powerful Congressional sycophants. If enacted, it will effectively transform the American republic into a theocracy, where the arbitrary dictates of a "higher power" -- as interpreted by a judge, policeman, bureaucrat or president -- can override the rule of law.

The Act -- drafted by a minion of television evangelist Pat Robertson -- is the fruit of decades of work by a group of extremists known broadly as "Dominionists." Their openly expressed aim is to establish "biblical rule" over every aspect of society -- placing "the state, the school, the arts and sciences, law, economics, and every other sphere under Christ the King." Or as Attorney General John Ashcroft -- the nation's chief law enforcement officer -- has often proclaimed: "America has no king but Jesus!"

According to Dominionist literature, "biblical rule" means execution -- preferably by stoning -- of homosexuals and other "revelers in licentiousness"; massive tax cuts for the rich (because "wealth is a mark of God's favor"); the elimination of government programs to alleviate poverty and sickness (because these depend on "confiscation of wealth"); and enslavement for debtors. No legal challenges to "God's order" will be allowed. And because this order is divinely ordained, the "elect" can use any means necessary to establish it, including deception, subversion, even violence. As Robertson himself adjures the faithful: "Zealous men force their way in."

Again, this is no tiny band of cranks meeting in some basement in Alabama, as recent reports by investigators Karen Yurica and David Neiwert make clear. The Dominionists are bankrolled and directed by deep-pocketed, well-connected business moguls and political operatives who have engineered a takeover of the Republican Party and are now at the heart of the U.S. government. They've made common cause with the "American Empire" faction -- Cheney, Rumsfeld, the neo-conservatives -- who seek "full-spectrum dominance" over the globe. The Dominionists provide money and domestic political muscle for the Dominators' imperial ambitions; in return, the Dominators provide a practical vehicle -- overwhelming military might and state power -- for making the Dominionists' dreams a reality.

The Dominionist movement was founded by the late R.J. Rushdoony, a busy beaver who also co-founded the Council for National Policy. The CNP is the politburo of the American conservative movement, filled with top-rank political and business leaders who set the national agenda for the vast echo chamber of right-wing foundations, publishers, media networks and universities that have schooled a whole generation in obscurantist bile -- just as the extremist Wahabbi religious schools funded by Saudi billionaires have poisoned the Islamic world with hatred and ignorance.

One of the chief moneybags behind the rise of Dominionism was tycoon Harold Ahmanson, Rushdoony's protege and fellow CNP member. In addition to establishing theocracy in America, Ahmanson has another abiding interest: computerized voting machines. As reported here last year, Ahmanson, a fervent Bush backer, was instrumental in establishing two of the Republican-controlled companies now rushing to install their highly hackable machines -- with untraceable, unrecountable electronic ballots -- across the country in time for the November election.

The Dominionists also have strong backing on the Supreme Court, Yurica notes. Justice Antonin Scalia, author of the unconstitutional ruling that gave Bush the presidency, declared in the theological journal First Things that the state derives its moral authority from God, not the "consent of the governed," as that old licentious reveler Thomas Jefferson held in the Declaration of Independence. No, government "is the 'minister of God' with powers to 'revenge,' to 'execute wrath,' including even wrath by the sword," Scalia wrote. He railed against the "tendency of democracy to obscure the divine authority behind government."

Meanwhile, the tools of dominion keep expanding. Just days after the Congressional Bushists launched their theocratic missile, General Ralph Eberhart, head of America's first domestic military command, said the Regime must now bring the experience learned on foreign battlefields to the "Homeland" itself, including the integration of police, military and intelligence forces, "wide-area surveillance of the United States" and "urban warfare tactics," GovExec.com reports.

Put this juggernaut at the service of democracy-hating extremists with no legal restraints on their enforcement of "God's sovereign authority" -- plus a proven track record of subverting the law to gain political power -- and what would you have? A mullah state? A military theocracy?

Or should we just call it "a second term"?


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Re: "Constitution" Restoration Act.... A new low in Act naming.. [Re: FrankieJustTrypt]
    #3331490 - 11/07/04 11:46 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

read the text of the bill. this author is a loon.


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Re: "Constitution" Restoration Act.... A new low in Act naming.. [Re: FrankieJustTrypt]
    #3331533 - 11/08/04 12:01 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;..."
? from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

"The Government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion."
? The Treaty of Tripoli, written during the administration of President George Washington, signed by President John Adams and unanimously approved by the Senate in 1797.

"Reason must be deluded, blinded, and destroyed. Faith must trample underfoot all reason, sense, and understanding, and whatever it sees must be put out of sight and ... know nothing but the word of God."
? Martin Luther

"I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."
? President George H.W. Bush

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
? Benjamin Franklin

"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies."
? Benjamin Franklin, Toward The Mystery

"The way to see by Faith is to shut the eye of Reason."
? Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard, 1758


"Indeed, when religious people quarrel about religion, or hungry people quarrel about victuals, it looks as if they had not much of either among them."
? Benjamin Franklin, quoted by Joseph Lewis in Benjamin Franklin - Freethinker

"The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses...."
? John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America [1787-1788]; from Adrienne Koch, ed., The American Enlightenment: The Shaping of the American Experiment and a Free Society, New York: George Braziller, 1965, p. 258]

"Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion."
? John Adam

"Of all bad men, religious bad men are the worst."
? C.S. Lewis, noted Christian author

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
? Galileo

"Those who get instructions directly from the Almighty are twice blessed. They get their orders from the Highest Authority, and the orders are always to do what they would have done anyway."
? Harley Sorensen, SF Gate

The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.
-- Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sermon, July 4, 1976

The Bible is the inerrant ... word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible,without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc.
-- Jerry Falwell, Finding Inner Peace and Strength


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Re: "Constitution" Restoration Act.... A new low in Act naming.. [Re: ]
    #3331585 - 11/08/04 12:20 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

?Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise, any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an element of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official personal capacity), by reason of that element?s or officer?s acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.?


"I raised the question ....because the judiciary is ?an element? of the federal, state and local governments, does this wording, if it becomes law, allow any judge to impose biblical punishments or to sanction biblical punishments of religious fanatics without being subject to review by the Supreme Court or the federal court system? The answer appears to be ?Yes.?



"Follow me here: since a judge may assert that God is the sovereign source of law under HR 3799, may not that judge decree God?s law as stated in the Bible to be supreme over every law written by mere mortals? By definition the word ?sovereign? means: ?the supreme repository of power in a political state.? (Webster?s Third New International Dictionary). So the sentence in HR 3799 (and S. 2082) establishes the right of an individual to assert God?s sovereignty over all laws in the United States.



"If a judge can make this assertion with impunity, what prevents him, should this ill advised law pass Congress, from applying biblical law instead of the law of the state? Of course he could be struck down by the appellate courts in his state?but what if all those courts are packed with Dominionists or the legislative body can impeach any judge in the state for failure to follow God?s sovereign laws?



"Let?s take a hypothetical situation. A homosexual or an adulterer is arrested for violating the sodomy laws of Texas. Regardless of the punishment for the crime of sodomy in the statute, the Old Testament portion of the Bible establishes the death penalty. So the Dominionist appointed judge finds God to be the sovereign source of law.



"He then finds the defendant guilty as charged and issues the death penalty. All the appellate judges in the state uphold the lower court judge out of fear. If HR 3799 (or S. 2082) is passed and becomes the law, the defendant would not be able to appeal to the Supreme Court or any federal court for help because the law prohibits the Supreme Court from hearing a case decided upon the basis of [an] individual's belief that God is the sovereign source of law.


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Re: "Constitution" Restoration Act.... A new low in Act naming.. [Re: FrankieJustTrypt]
    #3331753 - 11/08/04 01:15 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

?Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise, any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an element of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official personal capacity), by reason of that element?s or officer?s acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.?

this doesn't establish a theocracy. it's actually pretty bland and petty. the author of this article has completely misinterpreted the bill. read the text of the bill.

the bill was introduced by judge roy moore, the guy who was told by the higher-ups that he couldn't display the ten commandments in his courthouse. connect the dots.

the bill says that an acknowledgement of god by people in government is not reason alone for judicial review. that's what it says. read it. the author of the article seems to have misinterpreted it as saying that any law based on the bible (or presumably any religious belief) is impervious to the supreme court. that simply is not what it says.

the bill also states that "In interpreting and applying the Constitution of the United States, a court of the United States may not rely upon any constitution, law, administrative rule, Executive order, directive, policy, judicial decision, or any other action of any foreign state or international organization or agency, other than the constitutional law and English common law."

there's nothing about establishing a theocracy.


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Re: "Constitution" Restoration Act.... A new low in Act naming.. [Re: ]
    #3332477 - 11/08/04 09:09 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

As usual, mushmaster nails it. We had this same discussion a few months ago when Moore was front page news, and I pointed out the same thing then that mushmaster points out now.

The author of the article in your post has completely misinterpreted (deliberately or through ignorance) the bill. Read the bill and you'll see for yourself.

pinky


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