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Ashcroft will be our new Torquemada ? Cheney as Cardinal Richellieu ? Scalia will be the Inquisitor ?

I'm talking about the The "Constitution Restoration Act of 2004"

...the [Bushies] 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.


All the fundamentalist rethoric and the mixing of church with science and law we saw so far may be just the beginning

Yikes!

A fellow kossack, galiel has been harping on this for a while...
Why is it so damned hard for people on the Left to understand that these people actually believe they are right, not just Right, and that they are so zealous they will do anything to prevail?

Don't miss It Has Begun: Phase Two of the Theocrat Coup by galiel !!

And let's not forget that Rev Moon chose Bush as one of his 3 "rulers" (link Moonies knee-deep Bush plan)....

Update [2004-10-23 13:25:52 by lawnorder]: Thanks a lot for the feedback fellow kossacks! A link below gave us this gem:

As As Antonin Scalia explained a few months later, the Bible teaches and Christians believe "... that government ...derives its moral authority from God. Government is the `minister of God' with powers to `revenge,' to `execute wrath,'including even wrath by the sword..."
Aaack! Bush may appoint 3 more judges to help this fruitcake!

Law to introduce GOD above the US Supreme Court
This is the text of the "Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 (Introduced in Senate) mentioned above

S 2082 108th CONGRESS 2d Session

To limit the jurisdiction of Federal courts in certain cases and promote federalism.
[Federalism my arse, this promotes FUNDAMENTALISM]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 12, 2004

Mr. SHELBY (for himself, Mr. MILLER, Mr. BROWNBACK, Mr. GRAHAM of South Carolina, Mr. INHOFE, and Mr. ALLARD) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To limit the jurisdiction of Federal courts in certain cases and promote federalism.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Constitution Restoration Act of 2004'.

TITLE I--JURISDICTION , SEC. 101. APPELLATE JURISDICTION.

(a) IN GENERAL-

(1) AMENDMENT TO TITLE 28- Chapter 81 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`Sec. 1260. Matters not reviewable

`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 acknowledgement of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.'.

Originally posted to lawnorder on Sat Oct 23, 2004 at 12:36 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  bush = jesus (none)
    no wmd = miracle.
    Think about it. we have a leader who has turned mobile weapons labs into hot air balloons and yellow cake into, well, chocolate cake.
    •  The Dominionism Resource: (none)
      •  Great find! (none)
        But it appears Pat Robertson is rethinking Bush as the Messiah...

        From your link

        The Despoiling Of America
        The First Prince of the Theocratic States of America

        It happened quietly, with barely a mention in the media... On December 24, 2001, Pat Robertson resigned his position as President of the Christian Coalition.

        Behind the scenes religious conservatives were abuzz with excitement. They believed Robertson had stepped down to allow the ascendance of the President of the United States of America to take his rightful place as the head of the true American Holy Christian Church.

        Robertson's act was symbolic.. It was the signal that the Bush administration was a government under God that was led by an anointed President ... The President would now be the minister through whom God would execute His will in the nation. George W. Bush accepted his scepter and his sword with humility, grace and a sense of exultation.

        As Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court explained a few months later, the Bible teaches and Christians believe "... that government ...derives its moral authority from God. Government is the `minister of God' with powers to `revenge,' to `execute wrath,' including even wrath by the sword..."

      •  This gets scarier by the minute! (none)
        Scalia ?!?!? And Bush may appoint 3 more judges !

        Antonin Scalia: God's Justice and Ours

  •  I'm recommending. This is horrific, all the more (none)
    so in light of Bush & Delay's faux form of Christianity.  

    I'm speechless.  and feeling sick.  

  •  If Russia is worried about our Democracy (none)
    we're really in trouble.
  •  Introduced in Senate (none)
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:S.2082.IS:

    And the distinguished gentleman from Kansas makes another attempt at bi-partisanship

    http://congress.cwfa.org/cwfa/issues/bills/?bill=6002246&cs_party=all&cs_status=C&cs_sta te=ALL

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Might as well scrap that clause, I guess it doesnt mean anything to the people that are meant to uphold it.:

    • President - "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

    • Vice President - "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same: that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. "

    • Congress members - "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States."

    It seems our representatives for the people and by the people have forgotten their first responsibility.
  •  Fundie... (none)
    Cloudcookooland, where the divine right of "elected" but "biennially/quadrennial/hexennially incumbent" officials, is the law of the land.

    but:

    NOBODY expects the Congressional Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to this President.... Our four...no... Amongst our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.

    Put the Supreme Court in the Comfy Chair!

    Wait, they already are!

    "But then I viddied that thinking is for the gloopy ones and the oomny ones use, like, inspiration and what Bog sends." -- Alex de Large

    by rgilly on Sat Oct 23, 2004 at 05:05:04 AM PDT

  •  The Bible trumps the constitution (none)
    -- these people firmly believe that.

    The fundies will also tell you that there is nothing in the constitution that requires separation of church and state, that churches are constitutionally protected from the government but not vice versa.

    This also gets into issues of nobility, who rule by Divine right.  Feudalism is alive and well in the Right, even among the secular types who are only in it to maintain their hold on the power that God obviously granted them by noble birth.  

    We can't let these people win.

    "No President Left Behind" -- stop social promotion of failing Presidents

    by frankw9 on Sat Oct 23, 2004 at 05:40:39 AM PDT

  •  action needed - recommended (none)
    This should be much easier to work on than Sinclair, since we know who our representatives are. Recommended - please recommend also so we can get an action plan going.

    George "W is for weak" Bush - He's not my pet goat!

    by Wee Mama on Sat Oct 23, 2004 at 07:09:35 AM PDT

  •  Holy Shit (none)
    This is one of the scariest things I have read in my entire life.

    If I didn't read and think for myself, I could be a Republican

    by bonddad on Sat Oct 23, 2004 at 07:28:11 AM PDT

  •  Some nice comments in the Open Thread (none)
    I did a diary plug there and got some interesting feedback...
    Daily Kos :: Comments Open Thread #6

    And the sponsors are... (4.00 / 2)

    Richard Shelby (R [turncoat]- AL)
    Zell Miller (D - Antebellum GA)
    Sam Brownback (R- What's the matter with KS?)
    Lindsay Graham (R- SC)
    James Inhofe (R- OK)
    Wayne Allard (R- CO)

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe

  •  court stripping (none)
    <!-- start comment -->

    court stripping (none / 0)

    ... is the term I've heard used for this sort of bill.  Fundies don't agree with the courts' rulings, so they try to get legislation passed that would strip them of their power.

    You can find out more about this particular bill here.

    m maddog

    by m maddog on Fri Nov 5th, 2004 at 18:57:58 CDT

    You want the Truth ? You can't handle the Truth ! ~~~~ See my blog here~~~~

    by lawnorder on Fri Nov 05, 2004 at 04:29:05 PM PST

  •  Kerry:Block this or we're back to the 15th century (none)
    NOW!!! 2006 will be too late!

    It's gotta be done before Rehnquist steps down.

    You want the Truth ? You can't handle the Truth ! ~~~~ See my blog here~~~~

    by lawnorder on Sat Nov 06, 2004 at 12:31:32 AM PST

  •  So if a judge reinstitutes stoning of gays (none)
    and unfaithful wives, as well as slavery whether or not acting in official personal capacity he can get away with it by citing Leviticus, the word of God and the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise ,i.e,, there's nothing anyone can do.

    Surely they wouldn't abuse this power!
    Riiight... That's exactly the way GOPpies acted so far: never abusing their power....NOT!

    Congress is GOP's. The only way to stop this law is to be in charge of the Supreme Court, i.e. the White House.

    They will get it in, with their faithfull Senators help, and may even trick a couple of moderates to vote for it too

    You want the Truth ? You can't handle the Truth ! ~~~~ See my blog here~~~~

    by lawnorder on Sat Nov 06, 2004 at 12:33:11 AM PST

  •  RE: Constitutional Reform Act of 2004 (none)
    Hi,

    Saw your informational round-up on the CRA this morning and wanted to refer you to my article on it as well:

    http://www.thesimon.com/magazine/articles/canon_fodder/0670_constitutional_reform_wolf_sheep_clothin g.html

    It's got some other links you find find informative as well. Thanks for bringing awareness to this legislation!

    Take care,
    Matt Hutaff
    thesimon.com

    •  Great article! (none)
      Constitutional "Reform" a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: "Constitutional 'Reform' a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
      Want to live in a neo-Christian theocracy? If your elected officials have their say, you may just get your wish.
      By Matt Hutaff  Oct 25, 2004

      I have no problem with faith. In fact, I find it inspiring when people can dedicate their life so completely to a belief or an intangible. After all, when such dedication reaps a dividend of compassion, tolerance and understanding, we all win. However, as we've seen of late, faith seems to be more of a crutch for hatred, misunderstanding and a fundamental lack of awareness of the origins of said beliefs.

      But you know what? As much as it pains me to admit, people are entitled to live in the dark, and there isn't a law on the books that says someone can't be a miserable hypocrite. Some people just don't want their eyes opened, and as long as their misguided beliefs don't intrude with mine, I have no quarrel with them.

      But as you saw with last week's microcosm of ignorance, I do have issues with those who would choose to force their morality on another, particularly when the onus of debate isn't even correct. There are hundreds of different faiths co-existing (sometimes tenuously) in the United States of America; what makes one any better than the other? As far as the federal government should be concerned, nothing.

      All of this could change this year, though. A bill that has been quietly brewing in the minds of the religious right for the better part of two decades has made it to the floor of both the House and the Senate. If passed into law, America is one Pentagon Prayer Meeting from a theocracy.

      The bill is the Constitutional Reform Act of 2004 (H.R. 3799 and S 2082). Supported by the likes of Senator Sam Brownback and disgraced Justice Roy Moore (the wingnuts who are trying to shut down Howard Stern and position the Ten Commandments in federal courthouses, respectively), it takes its cues from Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution by empowering Congress to decide what cases the Supreme Court can and cannot hear.

      Sounds fairly innocuous, right? Wrong. Read on:

      'Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter,' it reads, 'the Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review ... any matter ... against an officer of ... government .. by reason of that element's or officer's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.' (emphasis mine)"

  •  Fight back? (none)
    Is there any way we can stop this?

    Any link we can go to and sign a petition in opposition?

    or are we doomed to live lives according to the Old testament?

    Republicans for America - Democrats for Freedom IN America.

    by leftout on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 01:35:03 PM PST

  •  Conservatives have a .... (none)
    Link to sign a petition SUPPORTING this act!

    http://www.conservativepetitions.com/petitions.php?id=266

    Republicans for America - Democrats for Freedom IN America.

    by leftout on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 01:42:18 PM PST

  •  asdf (none)
    If this goes through, we're screwed.  We have to stop this, no matter what.  Call everyone you know to get this out in the open.

    "Time makes more converts than reason." --Thomas Paine

    by stridergambit on Mon Nov 08, 2004 at 05:29:42 PM PST

  •  Plans for theocracy spelled out on TX GOP Platform (none)
    Shouldn't be a surprise.  I've been telling folks for a couple years now {2002) the Bush GOP has specific plans in their TX Platform  to destroy democracy with  the creation of a theocracy..  No one listened, everyone laughed, even so called liberals.. Such is the 'avoidance' of reality by my 'comrades.'  

    "Our Party pledges to do everything within its power to restore the original intent of the First Amendment of the United States and dispel the myth of the seperation of Church and State." Which not only shows clear intent to install theocracy, but provides 'revisionist' history akin to the NeoNazis claiming the holocaust didn't happen...  That quote is taken straight from the GOP Texas Republican Party Platform you can download by clicking on it  here to see for yourself  [pdf file]. http://www.texasgop.org/library/RPTPlatform2002.pdf

    Although we already have a theocracy for all intensive purposes, just not one 'formalized' in law by erasing the 1st amendment like the 4th has already be eviscerated

    Theocracy: Form of government where the rulers are identical with the leaders of the dominant religion, and governmental policies are either identical with or strongly influenced by principles of the majority religion. Wikipedia Encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theocracy

    Now they're just going to formalize it with an equally theofascist state as found in Iran...

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