Judicial appointments are for life. Evangelical Christians working with republican leadership in the US House and Senate are hoping something a little shorter can be arranged for incumbent judges now hearing cases. The LA Times reports:
WASHINGTON — Evangelical Christian leaders, who have been working closely with senior Republican lawmakers to place conservative judges in the federal courts, have also been exploring ways to punish sitting jurists and even entire courts viewed as hostile to their cause.
An audio recording obtained by the Los Angeles Times features two of the nation's most influential evangelical leaders, at a private conference with supporters, laying out strategies to rein in judges, such as stripping funding from their courts in an effort to hinder their work.
The discussion took place during a Washington conference last month that included addresses by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who discussed efforts to bring a more conservative cast to the courts.
If you do not yet believe that our system of government is under attack from religious extremists bent on replacing democracy with a theocratic system of government than you’re either drunk or in denial. As a Christian preparing for ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ, I am sickened that others who call themselves Christian would misuse our faith to push their own extremist political agenda.