Skip to comments.Istook to offer bill to protect religious rights for schools
Posted on 06/20/2005 7:28:42 PM PDT by bulldozer
Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) is expected to introduce a constitutional amendment to protect religious expression in schools and on other public property soon after the Supreme Court decides two landmark cases about the displaying the Ten Commandments on public grounds. The court is expected to announce its decision by Monday.
This is the first time the Supreme Court has ruled on a case regarding the Ten Commandments since 1980, when the court banned them from display in public-school buildings.
Istooks amendment, the Pledge and Prayer Amendment, could be the next chapter in an ongoing battle over the propriety of religious expression on government-owned property. In seeking to establish a new constitutional protection for religious expression, it would also signal a new challenge of the federal judiciary by congressional Republicans.
Conservative lawmakers, including House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), have grown increasingly outspoken about what they perceive to be judicial activism by federal judges. They point to recent rulings about gay marriage, mandatory-minimum sentencing and Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman who died after a federal judge overturned a congressional decree to reinsert her feeding tube in March.
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You know I hear this stuff, but when was the last time congress actually amended the constitution? I'm fifty-two and I'm fairly sure it did not happen in my lifetime. When did they limit the President to two terms?
In 1992, I believe, the 27th Amendment was ratified, which had something to do with the payraises of Congress critters.
I am also 52 and the following ammendments have been passed in our lifetime:
XXIII, ratified March 29, 1961, granting the Presidential vote in Washington DC.
XXIV, ratified January 23, 1964 banning poll taxes.
XXV, ratified Feb 10, 1967, concerning the Presidential succession.
XXVI, ratified June 30, 1971 lowering the voting age to 18.
XXVII, ratified May 7, 1992, concerning Congressional pay.
The ammendment that limited the President to two terms of office is the XXII and was ratified Feb 27, 1951.
Well all that said, there is no reason to believe, that this Congress or any in the near future will ammend the Constitution so as to allow religeous expression in a public school.
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FYI - after the SCOTUS makes its 10 Commandments decision.
Any bets on what it will be?
I don't gamble, so my opinion doesn't count. I'll just say I am not optimistic. After some of the vile decisions they have made - such as the Texas sodomy decision, or denying under 18 criminals the justice of the death penalty (plus numerous others), I have little faith they'll decide properly.
Oh well, if they decide wrong, it'll just bring the inevitable a little closer.
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