Friday, April 08, 2005

The Coming Civil War

Atrios links today to a piece in Congress Daily discussing a new coalition's effort to return the judiciary to a Biblically based interpretation of the Constitution, while calling for the impeachment of those judges that view the Constitution as a 'living document.' I hope this is a parody. This coalition, the 'Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration,' hopefully is nothing more than a fringe group. I have read some on the Dominion movement, which believes that in order for Christ to return, countries must already be living under Biblical law (put very simply). That is what this sounds like, as some at Atrios' site have commented. I'm not sure why this group includes 'Judeo' in its title, as it calls for a recognition of an explicitly Christian deity by the government. Really, it may be an exaggeration to say this, but could this really be the start of something scarily serious? Who's Christian God? The Catholic? The Lutheran? The Evangelical? The Unitarian? Here is the disconcerting part, from Atrios:
Christian conservatives and a core group of congressional supporters are launching a significant new push to restructure the federal judicial system to reflect a more explicitly biblical world view, in the hopes that these changes will pave the way for broader social and political changes, leaders of the movement said.
Some of the most prominent conservative leaders in the country -- including Vision America's Rick Scarborough, Coral Ridge Ministry's James Kennedy and the Free Congress Foundation's Paul Weyrich -- launched the effort Thursday in Washington.
Members of the new coalition said they would immediately focus on bringing an end to Democratic filibusters of President Bush's judicial nominees before pushing Senate Majority Leader Frist to enact sweeping changes in the judiciary.
They also warned that Frist and other politicians who have thus far been reluctant to force a confrontation with Senate Minority Leader Reid over the nominations would be held accountable if Democrats continue to block conservative judges.
Participants at this week's Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration meeting said the group also will focus on forcing Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against any judge who does not conform with their biblically based interpretation of the Constitution, as well as permanently curb judicial authority over matters of church and state, marriage and governmental acknowledgement of a Christian deity.
"What it is time to do is impeach justices," Texas Justice Foundation President Allan Parker extolled a crowd of a hundred or so conservative lobbyists, attorneys and activists. "The standard should be any judge who believes in the 'living constitution' should be impeached."
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