What is the Constitutional Restoration Act (CRA)?
This is probably the most important Bill affecting our Constitutional Freedoms in our life time. For over forty years judges have been declaring Religious practices and symbols "Unconstitutional" thus violating the First Amendment protection of Religious Freedom. This bill introduced on the floor of the U.S. Senate in 2004 aims to restore the First Amendment Religious Freedom by limiting activist judges from ruling against the acknowledgment of God. This Bill is supported by Ex- Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore of Alabama and many Christian Church Leaders such as Dr. D. James Kennedy, and Dr. James Dobson. The following is a short Question and Answers review of the Bill.
Q- What is the purpose of this
A- The purpose of the CRA is to restrict the appellate jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court and all lower Federal courts to that jurisdiction permitted them by the Constitution of the United States. The acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty and government is contained within the Declaration of Independence, which is cited as the "organic law" of our Country by United States Code Annotated. The constitution of every state of the Union acknowledges God and his sovereignty, as do three branches of the Federal Government. The acknowledgment of God is not a legitimate subject of review by the Federal Courts.
The CRA also protects and preserves the Constitution of the United States by restricting federal courts from recognizing the laws of foreign jurisdictions and international law.
Q- Does this bill reverse
Supreme Court precedent?
A- To the extent that any decision of the United States Supreme Court or that of any Federal District Court made prior to or after the effective date of the Act prohibits the acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government, such precedent would not be binding on state courts.
Q- Does this bill intrude into
the Constitutional powers of the Federal Judiciary?
A- No. Article III of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate the appellate jurisdiction of the Courts. When the Federal Courts prohibit the acknowledgment of God, they deny the very source of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which our Founding Fathers specifically recognized in the Declaration of Independence as unalienable rights given by God.
If Congress cannot make a law restricting religious freedom to acknowledge God, then how can the Supreme Court enforce a law which Congress cannot make? The CRA acts to restore a balance of power between the three branches of government.
Q- Does the CRA promote an
establishment of religion?
A- No. The right to acknowledge God is not and never has been the establishment of religion. A distinction must be made between a religious institution and a belief in the sovereignty of God. The Congress that wrote the First Amendment asked President George Washington to declare a day of thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God for the peaceful manner in which the Constitution was formed. From that day until now State and Federal Officials have continuously acknowledged God in oaths, prayers, and official ceremonies, but these actions never established a national denominational religion.
Q- Does the CRA deny other
faiths in America?
A- No. The freedom of conscience and the right to worship God according to the dictates of conscience are the very objects guaranteed the the First Amendment, and are not changed by the CRA.
Q- Does the CRA affect the
religious test provisions of Article VI?
A- No. The right to acknowledge God according to the dictates of one's conscience should never be used as a test or standard for people to seek or hold public office.
Q- What would prevent the United
States Supreme Court from declaring the CRA unconstitutional?
A- The authority of Congress under Article III is specifically enumerated and cannot be questioned by another branch of the government. Congress has the sole authority to write law, not the Supreme Court. Should the Court declare the law unconstitutional, resort to the law of foreign nations or the European Court of Human Rights for authority, impeachment and removal from office are the appropriate remedies.
We urge you to call or write your Congressmen to support this very important bill.
You can use the Declaration of Freedom form to contact your Congressmen.
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Last Update Apr. 2006