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Dominionist Bill Limits the Supreme Court's Jurisdiction
The Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 and Now 2005
By Katherine Yurica
February 19, 2004
[Editor's Note: April 6, 2005: The Constitution Restoration Act of 2005 is virtually identical to the 2004 version; however the Bill numbers have been changed. The 2005 House bill is HR 1070 and the 2005 Senate bill is S. 520 you can view the new laws by clicking.
[Editor's Note: August 7, 2004. We have incorporated a portion of Katherine Yurica's article, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" to give reader's of this article a more complete view of the potential damage this bill can wreak in American life.]
Editor's Note: February 28, 2004 Update: This article omits one fact that should have been included: the bill was drafted by former Judge Roy Moore's lawyer, Herb Titus. Those who have read The Despoiling of America will know that Titus was the first Dean of Pat Robertson's School of Public Policy and is a known Dominionist who has advocated the abolition of the government's licensing powers. He has argued that government oversteps when it licenses lawyers, doctors, teachers, etc. Also, an earlier bill titled "Religious Liberties Restoration Act," S. 1558 dated July 21, 2003, specifically authorizes the display of the ten commandments and other religious references and exempts such items from judicial review by the U.S. Federal Courts. Our question is: What is actually intended by the Constitution Restoration Act of 2004?]
We wrote about it before it happened, we called them by their own name, Dominionists, and we told you that Dominionists in Congress were about to fire their first guns for reformation of the American government.
On January 6, 2004, the Yurica Report published âAmerica Stands on the Edge of a Grave Constitutional Crisis Linked to Pat Robertson.â In that article we reported that televangelist Pat Robertson devised a number of ways of limiting the power of the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal courts of America. To quote from the article, Robertson said as early as March 24, 1986, âCongress could say, âThereâs a whole class of cases you canât hearâ and thereâs nobody can do anything about it!â
On February 11, 2004, we published âThe Despoiling of Americaâ by Katherine Yurica. To quote Robertson from this article, âGodâs plan is for His people, ladies and gentlemen to take dominionâ¦to reign and ruleâ¦Thereâll be a reformationâ¦.We are not going to stand for those coercive utopians in the Supreme Court and in Washington ruling over us any more. Weâre not gonna stand for it. We are going to say, âWe want freedom in this country, and we want powerâ¦ââ
Both these articles reported a crisis in our government and revealed the plan of the far right Dominionists who control Congress to reconstruct our constitution and ârestoreâ it to subservience to a theocratic religion under God and under biblical law. It is the first step in a series of steps to take over and control the government of the United States of America as outlined in âThe Despoiling of America.â
Today the Yurica Report learned that on February 11 , 2004 Dominionist leaders in congress made their move; they introduced a bill in both houses called The Constitution Restoration Act of 2004. Among the sponsors of the bill are Rep. Robert Aderholt (Alabama), Rep. Michael Pence (Indiana), Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, Sen. Zell Miller (Georgia), Sen. Sam Brownback (Kansas), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina).
The House version is H.R. 3799 and the Senate version is S. 2082. The bill limits the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts to hear cases involving âexpressions of religious faith by elected or appointed officials.â
Although the claim by its sponsors appears to be that the intention is to prevent the courts from hearing cases involving the Ten Commandments or a Nativity Scene in a public setting from being reviewed, the law is drawn broadly and expressly includes the acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law by an official in his capacity of executing his office. John Giles, Alabama President of Christian Coalition said, "The greatest unbridled abuse by the federal judiciary for over forty years has been in the area of redefining the acknowledgement of God as the sovereign source of law...We define this as judicial activism, making law from the bench. These unconstitutional rulings have gone unchecked by other branches of government."
The following proposed law will be added to Sec. 1260 of Title 28, Chapter 81 of the U.S. Code:
âNotwithstanding 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 elementâs or officerâs acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.â
Because the judiciary is âan elementâ of the federal, state and local governments, this wording, if it becomes law, may allow any judge to institute biblical punishments without being subject to review by the Supreme Court or the federal court system. For a full description of the legal and practical implications of this bill, we have incorporated the following section from Katherine Yurica's article, "For Whom the Bell Tolls:"
"The writings of Dominionists are filled with examples of how they intend to extend biblical law, including the death penalty to homosexuals, adulterers and heretics. The 2002 Republican Party Platform of Texas is as fine an example of unmitigated hatred as one can find anywhere for it insulates criminals and wrong doers from prosecution for even murder and hate crimes. The Texas Republican Platform is also significant because Texas is the home state of President George W. Bush. We have to assume since he didnât object to the platform publicly, that he tacitly accepted it. It reads in part:
âHomosexuality â â¦We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, recognition, or privileges including, but not limited to, marriage between persons of the same sex, custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.â (Emphasis added.)
âTexas Sodomy Statutes ââThe Party opposes the decriminalization of sodomy.â
"Sodomy, it should be noted is applicable to all human sexuality, heterosexual or homosexual, including âblow jobs.â One cannot help wondering if the Texan Republicans, who oppose the decriminalization of sodomy, would arrest members of their own party.
"If we juxtapose the wording of the Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 to the underlined sentence in the Texas Republican Party Platform above, we have to ask whether the Dominionists in Congress are preparing a way to allow âbiblical executionsâ and unthinkable acts of hatred to go without punishment of any kind. H.R. 3799 reads:
âNotwithstanding 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 elementâs or officerâs acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.â (To be added to Sec. 1260 of Title 28, Chapter 81 of the U.S. Code and see also S. 2082.)
"I raised the question ....because the judiciary is âan elementâ 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 âYes.â
"Follow me here: since a judge may assert that God is the sovereign source of law under HR 3799, may not that judge decree Godâs law as stated in the Bible to be supreme over every law written by mere mortals? By definition the word âsovereignâ means: âthe supreme repository of power in a political state.â (Websterâs Third New International Dictionary). So the sentence in HR 3799 (and S. 2082) establishes the right of an individual to assert Godâs 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 stateâbut what if all those courts are packed with Dominionists or the legislative body can impeach any judge in the state for failure to follow Godâs sovereign laws?
"Letâs 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.
"Americans are about to lose everything that makes America great. If you doubt my assertions about the hatred being directed against homosexuals in America, go see the web site of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). Itâs named http://www.godhatesfags.com/ The church claims to âvigorously preach the five points of Calvinism.â
"The church asks you to agree that you are visiting their hellish web site of your own free will. You are required to click on the WBCâs âEnterâ icon at the bottom of the page. Donât allow your children to see this material. Prepare yourself for one of the most vile and violent exhibitions of hatred from a Baptist Church you will ever see. There are photographs of sweet faced young people; one of them is Matthew Shepard, who was tied to a fence and beaten to death in Wyoming. His photo is attached to a monument âdedicated to [his] entry into hell,â which the church plans to erect in the Casper City Park. There is also a photograph of Diane Whipple, the young woman who was killed by two giant dogs in San Francisco. She is shown surrounded by the flames of hell. If you stay long enough, youâll hear the screams of the victims. The churchâs web page shouts out that homosexuals will burn in hell forever. The WBC has clocks going to inform the viewer how long the victim has been suffering the torments of hell. Click here if you want this verified.
"But is hell reserved for homosexuals? Homosexuals arenât even mentioned, but the lecherous get a hefty whack! (KJV) Itâs instructive to know that according to the New Testament, hell was made for the devil and his angels. And according to the apocalyptic book of Revelations, hell will be occupied by the group God hates the most: liars and the cowardly who submit to the liars."
In addition the proposed bill punishes sitting judges by requiring impeachment and removal, if they rely on decisions from another state or jurisdiction, such as another stateâs constitution, law, administrative rule or judicial decision. The proposed Section 201, âInterpretation of the Constitutionâ reads:
âIn 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.â
Because the term âforeignâ is a term of art in the law and can refer to another jurisdiction within the United States, like another state or another county, the proposed law is troubling. One news talk show host in favor of the bill claims that the section is aimed directly at Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day OâConner and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
So important is the passage of this bill to Dominionists one of their activists said, âThe passage of this bill should be regarded as the most important item on the conservative agenda this year! It isâ¦more important than who wins the White House this November.â
In light of the reports we have published, every Senator and Congressman and all Americans should be informed of the pending Dominionist reformation of our judiciary and through it, our entire American democracy.
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Katherine Yurica was educated at East Los Angeles College, U.S.C. and the USC school of law. She worked as a consultant for Los Angeles County and as a news correspondent for Christianity Today plus as a freelance investigative reporter. She is the author of three books. She is also the publisher of the Yurica Report.