Monday, July 18, 2005

The real battle begins

Well friends the preliminaries are over and it's time to determine which way the gavel will fall over the next 10 years. The unexpected announcement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner's resignation means the balance in the U.S. Supreme Court is squarely in the hands of Pres. Bush and the U.S. Senate.

Battle lines are already drawn. We won't be voting on this as citizens. But we can make alot of noise in heaven and in Senate offices on Capitol Hill. And we must.

If you don't know how the Supreme Court Justices do what they do, now is the time to learn. It's civics 101 and it really matters this time.

History clearly shows that some justices feel it's their job to legislate from the bench in terms of evoking secondary meanings and new juris prudence from a 200 year old document called the U.S. Constitution. (these justices called the Constitution a "living" document, meant to change with the culture)

Another kind of Justice thinks he or she should stricly interpret the text and rule accordingly. I prefer the latter, and you should learn enough to have an informed opinion and get your friends doing the same. Why?

Because the freedom's you hold dear hang in the balance. Freedom of religious expression, security in property ownership, freedom of speech even when it's not politically correct, freedom to determine what your kids are taught in school etc.

Down sleep through this one! Watch Justice Sunday II and get informed and tell your friends to do the same.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Which Branch Has the Last Word?

Is it so difficult to grasp?

Any branch that can have the "final word" is stronger than the others. When the judicial overturns moral laws that have been in place for over a hundred years (ie. sodomy) then they are taking a pre-eminent position...as if they know better than all the lawmakers and judges that have gone before them.
They are re-writing the legal standards of morality in our society. What the Federalist papers say or what the constitution says is up to re-interpretation from that kind of judge.

That's why I said the judicial is now the most powerful.

On Scalia, I like the way he approaches and interperets the
Constitution in his decisions that I have read. I don't like judges who look to other countrie for how to re-interpret our Constitution.

Who among you support the use of international statues to interpret our Constitution?

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Justice for Judges

The battle lines have been drawn.
It all comes down to judges.
The rest of the lawmaking really doesn't matter much if a judge decides the new law is out of line with his or her view of the constitution. And that's what they are paid to do.

At this point in our history the most powerful branch of Government is the judicial branch. They decide if laws made by the legislature and signed by the President will stand or not.

Therefore, I hope we can get more judges who interpert the Constitution exactly how it was written. Right now we have a majority of judges who have a "living document" view, which means the document changes based on the culture we are currently in.
And they have the audacity to use the opinions of courts in other countries to interperet our Constitution? That blows my mind. Our constitution is the envy of the free world. It's stood as is for 2 hundred years. Meanwhile France and England have changed theirs several times.

In my opinion, we need more men and women like Justice Scalia, a strict constructionist, one who tries to keep our founding principles intact using the Constitution as an anchor of truth for America.

Today we have red judges and blue judges just like we have red states and blue states and red churches and blue churches.

I don't really care if your red or blue. Is it to much to ask for nominees to simply get and up or down vote?

I like what Chuck Colson said recently: "Why should the filibuster be used as an attempt for the minority to regain power it already lost at the ballot box?"

And I like what Frist said about filibustering nominees: "If it's wrong for democrats to filibuster today, then it will be wrong for Republicans to filibuster tomarrow." He's right. The excuse that we should not stop democrats from doing it because we might want to do it some day is a lame excuse. It's wrong for either party to do it... ever. And this stop the filibuster move applies only to the judicial nominee process NOT LEGISLATION. So get the facts strait.

Let democracy work. Stop filibustering judges. Let's give nominees a vote!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Bad News Good News

Yahoo! Mail - derekpackard@yahoo.com BAD NEWS FROM MY POINT OF VIEW: The Supreme Court would not take Norma McCorvey's case so we missed an opportunity to save millions of babies and protect millions of women from the pain and suffering that is a very real part oof murdering your child.

GOOD NEWS: Our first light on the hill program went very well and you can view it now
on our website....www.LightontheHill.tv

The oral arguments in the 10 commandments cases appeared to go well from courtroom observers. But these oral arguments are never a predictor of a Supreme court decision.

So we need to be praying for wisdom for the justices as they should make their decision known in June.

Friday, January 28, 2005

One in a Million

What are the odds that the woman in one of the most famous court cases of all time would come back to the U.S. Supreme Court and ask that her decision be reversed? Then what are the odds that another woman, who's decision was rendered on the same issue on the same day 36 years ago at the U.S. Supreme Court, would also return to the court and ask that her decision be reversed by the court as well? I'd say less than one in a million for sure.

Well it happened last week on the courthouse steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. Norma McCorvey of Roe v Wade and Sandra Cano of Doe v Bolton BOTH showed up, along with 33 other women, to plead with the Court to overturn Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton, the two cases that paved the way for legalized abortion at any point in the pregnancy.



Both McCorvey and Canto and the 33 other women present were there to present their legal brief documenting the pain and anguish the abortion causes the mother who chooses it.

This is a trememdous developement in saga of legalized abortion and gives each of us an opportunity to re-examine our own hearts.

Watch the story at: http://www.LightontheHill.tv/resources.html

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Light on the Hill: Rights of the Unborn

Did you see Hannity and Colmes last night?

It’s a "Hannity & Colmes" exclusive interview... She made headlines as the "Roe" in the controversial Supreme Court abortion case "Roe vs. Wade." Now, she's at the center of a new controversy and before she talks to the press, she speaks out! Meet Norma McCorvey when she joins Sean and Alan tonight! (last night)

Yes she is the "Roe" of Roe vs. Wade. Thirty five years later she is a born again Catholic who had a change of heart about the killing of unborn children. Read Interview

Her brief, written by Allan Parker and his team at the Justice Foundation, outlines her desire to overturn Roe vs Wade. The brief was submitted to the Supreme Court today (Tues.) Will God use this unlikely method to impact the landmark case that established legal precedent for a whole industry to rise up. An industry dedicated to the murder of the innocent while servicing a woman's right to choose?

> For those who are broken for the innocent lives lost, ask God to show Himself in this case. Will the Supreme Court even take this brief? Pray for wisdom for the Supreme Court Justices. Pray they will seek divine guidance and rule accordingly.

> For those who are enraged at the notion of taking a right away from a woman, pray for wisdom for the Supreme Court. Pray that God will speak through this ruling.

In Washington last night I had the priviledge of "laying hands" on the brief itself. A few intercessors were gathered at Dick Simmons condo in DC to pray a blessing on the hard work of Norma and her attorneys to get this landmark turnaround all the way to the Supreme Court. It has taken nearly a decade to do it, but today it's here... a chance for the Supreme Court of the United States to take another look at the notion of the legalized murder of unborn children.

As we huddled literally across the street from the Supreme Court, praying for this briefing, the loud shriek of sirens roared by outside. It was as if God was sending emergency help to the aid of the unborn, an emergency response to a real national emergency.

What is your role in this? Picking up an offense against those who defend a woman's right to choose? No. More anger at those who grieve over the millions of lives lost? No. Those are only distractions from the enemy. Only the Supreme Court can decide to accept the brief and take the case. Only the Supreme Court can rule on the case. But you can petition the court of heaven and ask the Judge over all judges to grant grace and favor through his appointed judges on earth.

Appealing to the high court of heaven on behalf of the high court in our great nation. Another real life example of Light on the Hill. Don't watch from the sidelines this year. Get involved in the cause!

P.S. And don't forget to pray for Norma, who is under incredible pressure this year because it all started with her. Today she is doing what she thinks is right before God and her own conscience. Also pray for Allen Parker and the legal team at The Justice Foundation.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Not back to business as usual

When God sends you on a big assignment, working alone is tough.
But when you have the support and prayers of others it makes things better.

This year in Washington hundreds of God fearing Senators and congressman will attempt to enact righteous laws on Capitol Hill. Laws dealing with a host of moral issues like same sex marriage, protection of the unborn, stem cell research, and most likely some Supreme court justice appointments.

They need our help. If we “values voters” go back to business as usual, these leaders will have a tough time in Washington.

But if we commit to pray our leaders, then God will do miraculous things.

1Ti 2:1-4 AMP FIRST OF all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way. For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior, Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth.

That’s why we’ve created the Light on the Hill project. It’s a new way to connect with our leaders in Washington. As we get to know these Godly men and women, as we learn first hand about the issues we all face as a nation, then we will be able to pray more effectively for them. And when necessary we will be informed enough to call or write our congressman and let them know how we feel.

Look over our website at: www.LightontheHill.tv Consider leading the Light on the Hill effort in your community.