From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough
BUSH’S FIRST SUPREME COURT
In his first term, President Bush did not have an opportunity to
fill a vacancy on the nine-member Supreme Court. It’s believed
that 3 and possibly 4 justices could retire in the president’s
The first could come in a matter on months. Chief Justice
William Rehnquist (80-years-old and ailing) is expected to
announce his retirement when the court’s current term end in
Since Rehnquist is one of the court’s three conservatives (along
with Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas) this presents a major
challenge for Christians.
The other side is gearing up to force the president to appoint a
so-called moderate (like Anthony Kennedy or Sandra Day O’Connor)
instead of another Thomas or Scalia.
If they succeed, it will be a staggering defeat for those of us
who believe that life begins at conception and are committed to
Biblical values. A liberal court (especially on social issues)
will become even more liberal. We must hold the president to his
repeated campaign promises to appoint only strict
constructionists to the high court.
Then we need to gear up for the battle to confirm his choice.
Never forget what the left did to Robert Bork. Granted, the
president’s party now controls the Senate by a comfortable
margin. But liberal interest groups will work on Republicans who
don’t share the president’s values on marriage and the family to
block the confirmation of an authentic, pro-life and pro-family
conservative. That’s why, as believers, we must be engaged on
Christians must join this battle united and determined. Sadly,
the United States Supreme Court has become a super-legislature –
re-writing the Constitution at whim. The forces bent on killing
the unborn and destroying the family must not be allowed to gain
LATEST JUDICIAL ATTACK ON THE TEN
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young has ordered the removal
of a 10 Commandments monument on the lawn of the Gibson County,
Indiana courthouse, in the latest judicial assault on America’s
The monument was placed there in 1956 by the local Elks lodge.
The owner of a strip club, who spied the display while being
hauled off to jail for public indecency, said viewing the
monument caused him “irreparable harm,” and sued with the aid of
the ACLU. As a result, the monument will no longer be there.
Congressman John Hostettler (R-IN) has asked the president to
instruct U.S. marshals not to comply with this illegal order. We
commend the courage of Congressman Hostettler! It’s high time
someone stood up to judicial autocrats intent on purging faith
from the public square.
SUPREMES TAKE UP “CONSTITUTIONALITY” OF
Next Wednesday (March 2), the Supreme Court will hear oral
arguments in McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky, the first 10
Commandments case to come before the court. (It involves a
display including the Decalogue and other historical and legal
documents – all in frames of equal size – in Pulaski County
What the Court will do is anyone’s guess. Since its evolving
interpretation of the Establishment Clause is divorced from
history and unrelated to any logical interpretation of the words
of the First Amendment, its decisions here are frequently
In its amicus brief, Liberty Counsel notes the following: “Moses
and the 10 Commandments occupy a central place in the East
Pediment of the Supreme Court building. Twin tablets with Roman
numerals 1-10 engraved thereon grace the doors leading to the
Supreme Court’s courtroom. In this room, on the south frieze,
Moses appears again. This time the tablets he’s holding are
inscribed with a Hebrew text. For over 100 years, the seal of
the 9th Circuit Appeals Court has contained the 10
None of this may sway a court, which, as Chief Justice Rehnquist
notes, has time and again shown a pronounced animus toward
faith. Whatever the Supreme Court decides, we must rally the
forces of judicial reform and continue the crusade to save the
Constitution from the courts.
VICTORY IN PHILADELPHIA
Judge Pamela Dembe of the Philadelphia County Court of Common
Pleas has dismissed all charges against four Christians who were
arrested in October for evangelizing at a city-sponsored
The four behaved peaceably and complied with all police orders,
but still were arrested at the direction of homosexual lawyers.
A group called the Pink Angels (described as a homosexual mob)
was neither arrested nor charged. The Christians were charged
with a number of felonies. Each could have received a maximum
sentence of 47 years in prison for bearing witness.
In dismissing the charges, Judge Dembe noted that the Christians
were doing no more than exercising their First Amendment rights.
“We are one of the very few countries that protects unpopular
speech,” the Judge observed. “That means that Nazis can march in
Skokie, Ill. . . . That means that the Ku Klux Klan can march
where they wish to. We cannot stifle speech because we don’t
want to hear it, or we don’t want to hear it now.”
The judge is saying – correctly – that the Philadelphia 4 were
being prosecuted (persecuted) for expressing ideas.
While the criminal case is concluded, lawyers for the Christians
are proceeding with a federal civil rights action against police
and the City of Philadelphia. Like Paul and Silas in Philipi,
they are saying: “We are citizens too!”
Winning the civil rights suit would be the ultimate vindication
for these brave souls who have suffered a grave injustice.
THE FATE OF TERRI SCHIAVO
The fate of Terri Schiavo could be decided in the next few days.
A stay barring the removal of Terri’s feeding tubes is scheduled
to expire at 5pm, EST, today.
Terri suffered sudden brain damage in 1990, and has since been
hospitalized. Her husband, Michael – who has had two children
with the woman he’s currently living with – has fought doggedly
to have her put to death. Here parents have tenaciously opposed
The battle seesawed back and forth. A court ordered the tubes
removed. The Florida legislature passed Terri’s Law, allowing
Gov. Jeb Bush to prevent this. The law was overturned by the
Florida Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an
It now comes down to last-ditch legal maneuvering. I wish more
Americans understood the nature of this case. Terri isn’t on a
ventilator. She is not in a persistent vegetative state. She’s
awake much of the time and responds to stimuli. Experts have
testified that with rehabilitation, her condition would improve.
Michael Schiavo claims his wife told him she wouldn’t want to
live in these circumstances. (Her family has produced one of
Michael’s ex-lovers who testified that Michael told her he no
idea what Terri would want.) Unfortunately, the courts have
bought his story, and dismissed the pleas of her parents.
If her feeding tubes are removed, it could take as long as 10
days for Terri to starve to death. Pray that she’s spared this
horror. And pray for a nation where such an abomination could be
sanctioned by law.
Can you imagine the outcry if the nation was compelled to
witness the forced starvation of an animal. Surely we can do
better for a human being! Beloved, we must get preachers
involved in the mission of Vision America. Help us.
COMING SOON – CONFRONTING THE JUDICIAL
WAR ON FAITH
On April 7-8, a very special conference will take place at the
Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C. – Confronting the
Judicial War on Faith. The event is being sponsored by The
Judeo-Christian Coalition for Constitutional Restoration. I am
honored to be chairman of the Coalition's Executive Committee.
The registration fee is $149. To register on-line, or for more
details, go to