October 30, 2003
“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” First Amendment, United States Constitution.
The words are plain and easy to understand, but not for Federal Judge Myron Thompson. He ordered the removal of a 10 Commandments monument from Alabama’s Supreme Court Building. His ruling is perplexing and patently unconstitutional.
The fact is that Congress made no law respecting the placing of 10 Commandments monuments in any state courthouse. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, elected by the people, did not defy Congress nor any law duly past by an elected official.
The “law” he violated was created out of whole cloth in a pair of Supreme Court decisions – Everson vs. Board of Education 1947, and McCollum vs. Board of Education 1948.
All subsequent Supreme Court decisions stand on the flawed precedent of these two decisions. To put it simply, the Court has gotten it wrong for five decades. And when the modern Court bases its decisions on flawed precedents, the constitutional problems are exacerbated.
The 1892 Supreme Court would be shocked to read such convoluted and historically inaccurate constitutional rubbish. That 1892 Court, in Holy Trinity vs. United States, wrote:
“There is no dissonance in these declarations [previously cited about America being Christian in nature]. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning. They affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. These are not individual sayings, declarations of private persons. They are organic utterances. They speak the voice of the entire people.” [Emphasis added]
The 1892 Court’s decision simply recited numerous historical proofs of the God-centered nature of the founding of the United States government.
In 1962, Democrat Robert Byrd, now the U.S. Senator from West Virginia, gave a speech in Congress following the Engle vs. Vitale decision. Byrd reminded Congress that the name of God and of Jesus Christ was on display all over Washington, D.C., on stone monuments, stain-glassed windows, oil paintings and mosaics. Judge Thompson and other modern jurists would order these remembrances cemented over, broken out, removed and chipped away.
An honest appraisal of history clearly shows our founding as a nation under God; a nation whose laws were built on the foundation of the 10 Commandments. Even those who reject anything religious can still acknowledge historical evidence, and it is imperative that we all do so.
For the alternative to discarding the 10 Commandments, as the Court has done, is to live under the tyranny of manmade law – as the Court has so ordered. Tyranny, whether by a despotic individual, or nine Supreme Court Justices is still tyranny.
The United States Constitution gives us legal means to put a stop to judicial tyranny. These must be enforced by citizen action.
First, we must urge Congress to use its Article III authority to take away jurisdiction for certain issues from the Supreme Court. Specifically, they must pass laws that order the Court to keep hands off the “Pledge of Allegiance,” the posting of the 10 Commandments on public property, and the voluntarily assembly of public school students to pray and worship God in their schools.
Secondly, we should urge Congress to pass a law that would bring the Alabama 10 Commandments monument to Washington, D.C., and place it in the rotunda of the United States Capitol Building.
Thirdly, the House of Representatives should impeach any federal judge who violates his oath of office to uphold the constitution. We need specifically to urge the impeachment of Judge Myron Thompson.
The First Amendment ends with the clause that preserves the right of “We the People” “ .. to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” It is time to do so.
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