Friday, April 22, 2005

Invoking the First 

Thanks to Digby, I'm pointed to this scary LA Times article, in which two fundies outline their plans to hobble the court system...
"Very few people know this, that the Congress can simply disenfranchise a court," Dobson said. "They don't have to fire anybody or impeach them or go through that battle. All they have to do is say the 9th Circuit doesn't exist anymore, and it's gone."
The speaker of the above is James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family. The other evangelical quoted in the piece is Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council.

Now, they should keep something else in mind. Congress can also remove the tax-exempt, non-profit status from these groups -- all they have to do is say Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council don't exist anymore, and they're gone. Or, rather, they have to start paying taxes and their donations are no longer deductions.

And this is exactly what should happen, and what we need to lobby for, because these groups have gone beyond religous advocacy. Pure and simple, they are attempting to interefere with the operation of the government of the United States. They are plotting to subvert the judiciary -- which should be a treasonable offense if it isn't.

Contact your Reps and Senators. Let them know you won't stand for this kind of thing, and that you want both these groups investigated and punished appropriately immediately. It's all part of that pesky First Amendment, you know. Separation of church and state works both ways. And when a church refuses to remain separate from government, it no longer merits the benefits of being a church.

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