Metaphors & Images

The Coup of 2004

My country is in deep trouble. The news out of Iraq (the abuses of Iraqi prisoners) in the past few days is among the most disturbing of the last 20 years. Thank you Seymour Hersh! It’s no wonder you’re a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist. You may be one of the few real journalists left among the mainstream press. First My Lai and now Abu Ghraib.

But on another note; do we have reason to think that we ( witches, magickians, Buddhists, astrologers, New Age practicioners of any religious persuasion) are in danger from the extreme Right?

There are currently bills before Congress or in the committees of their respective bodies, named the Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 are House version H.R. 3799 and the Senate version is S. 2082. These bills (really the same bill) are considered by the Christian Right to be the most important legislation of 2004; more important than re-electing GW Bush!

The passage of H.R. 3799 and S. 2082 should be regarded as the most important item on the conservative agenda this year! It is no hyperbole to say that the passage of this bill is significantly more important than who wins the White House this November. Yes, I really mean that.
The Constitution Restoration Act Of 2004: The Most Important Legislation In The Last Fifty Years
By Chuck Baldwin

If you want to know your enemy go to Baldwin’s site above.

This should cause us deep concern. Why? The language of the bills is typical lawyerese, but the bottom line is this: The bill would put into law a provision whereby any judge who says or claims that his decisions were based on the authority of a higher power (God) cannot be appealed on those grounds. In other words if a judge says “God is the source of my judgements and decisions”, you may not take that decision or appeal that decision based on that alone. You may not appeal at any level from the next higher court all the way to the Supreme Court!

The following proposed law will be added to Sec. 1260 of Title 28, Chapter 81 of the U.S. Code:

“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.”

Because the judiciary is “an element” 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.

The Constitution Restoration Act of 2004
By Katherine Yurica
February 19, 2004

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.

Biblical Law, Mosaic Law will be effectively reinstated as the law of the land. In order to appeal the decision you will have to have some other Constitutional reason for doing so. If this bill passes, many of us may face the death penalty. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has said in no unequivical term that he views the Constitution as “dead”, it is not a living document that is to be interpreted n light of current values of freedom and human rights. This piece of garbage would take us back to 1791 when the Constitution was ratified! We who care about our freedoms must take note of this kind of takeover of the Judiciary in addition to that of the Congress. The current Supreme Court consists of 7 justices appointed by Ronald Reagan, George Bush I and Gerald Ford while 2 of them were appointed by Bill Clinton. Can we give Bush four more years to make an appointment to the Court?

I have been reading many essays and articles chronicling the rise of the extreme Rght wing of the GOP. There agenda includes restoring God to the courts and to the schools as well as The Whte House and the Congress. They have been frighteningly effective in this. The No Child Left Behind program that Bush initiated is also a part of that agenda. According to William Raspberry, a syndicated columnist in the Tuesday, May 4, 2004 edition of the Seattle Times Op-Ed page, “a third years failure entitles children to supplemental services such as tutorial help. And a fifth year could result in takeover — by private companies, charter schools or the state.”

He is here talking about what the consequences are for the schools of failing to meet the standards set by this program. And failure is almost assured by the standards themselves and the way they are measured. Five years from now the Christian Right could effectively be running your childrens school system. And that is what they want.

Now, what can we do? Here is the Act itself and its current status:

And then write your Congressperson:

Please, I know this is long and sometimes confusing because of my own errors and omissions but we are facing serious times. They may yet be a return to the “burning times” if we are not careful and attentive to our rights and our privileges as Americans.

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