A CAT FIGHT IN THE COURT
If anyone needed more proof that our court system is completely out of control, they need look no further than the debacle that is brewing down at the Alabama courthouse. A courthouse display of the Ten Commandments seems to have bothered some of the pagans living in that part of the country.
On July 1, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and gave him until August 20, to remove the display.
It seems that since the courts have largely destroyed every last shred of the Constitution, the judges have run out of us regular folks to devour and have started feeding on each other.
It is interesting to see a judge experience what the rest of us have to put up with when we are hauled into court. This one is a little different in that the typical threats of fines, jail, and huge legal bills do not seem to be working. My money is on Justice Roy Moore over the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
We can now confirm once and for all what many of us have always known: it is possible to graduate from law school, pass the BAR exam and become a judge - all without ever learning how to read. If the judges could read, they would look at the plain text of the 1st Amendment and realize that the very statue they are trying to remove is exactly the kind of statue the 1st amendment was supposed to protect!
The plain language of the 1st Amendment would have to be twisted, distorted and totally mutilated in order for a court to construe that a statue of the Ten Commandments displayed in a state courthouse is unconstitutional. The 1st Amendment says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …
Did Congress make a law establishing a religion in the Alabama courthouse? Did Congress make a law prohibiting the ACLU or any other group of nut cases from worshiping any way they want to in the State of Alabama? Did Congress even have anything to do with this? No, no and no!
The 1st Amendment was intended to regulate the Congress, not the states.
The facts are clear. There is no establishment clause that sets up a “wall of separation” between the church and state. The 1st Amendment says what it says. For the 11th Circuit Court to interpret it any other way only confirms that they have either never read the 1st Amendment, or they do not like what it says and decided to make up a whole new one.
We do have an opportunity to turn this whole fiasco into a positive. Many have assumed that previous court decisions eliminating all evidence of our Christian heritage from any federal, state and local property, was mandated by the Constitution. Having two courts locked in a pitched battle like this proves that the interpretation of the 1st Amendment is not a done deal.
Throw the 10th Amendment into this argument and we can begin to understand how little our courts care what the law says. Many of the judges sitting on our courts have an agenda, (and an attitude!) and nothing in the law is going to stop them from imposing their worldview on the rest of us.
Since the 11th Circuit Court is embarrassing itself by showing a total lack of knowledge about the Constitution, maybe we can use this case to alert the people that our courts have run roughshod over the Constitution for decades. This is one of the more blatant examples, but there are thousands of other cases just as bad.
Hang tough in there Judge Moore!
© 2003 David Brownlow - All Rights Reserved
Dave Brownlow, an engineer, has been designing and selling industrial automation control systems since 1979. He lives in Clackamas OR with his wife Suzanne and their four children. Active in the pro-life movement and conservative politics for over 20 years, David ran for US Congress in the 3rd District of Oregon in 2002 on the Constitution Party ticket. He has announced his plans to run again in 2004. His Web-Site www.davebrownlow.com E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Throw the 10th Amendment into this argument and we can begin to understand how little our courts care what the law says. Many of the judges sitting on our courts have an agenda, (and an attitude!) and nothing in the law is going to stop them from imposing their worldview on the rest of us."