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August 13th, 2003 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The White House yesterday said President Bush is willing to consider a constitutional amendment defining Jesus Christ as the one and only Lord and Savior of the United States, which some congressional Republicans say is the only effective option to protect the nation from infidels, unbelievers and heathens.

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said a constitutional amendment “is something to look at. But we need to see what other options we can pursue to staunch the ever-rising tide of Godlessness.”

But Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, said he thinks the solution of moral decay “needs to be a constitutional amendment [because] I don’t think you can solve it statutorily.”

A Senate Republican leadership aide predicted congressional Republicans and the White House would eventually agree on the need for an amendment.

“Frankly, all the other options come up short,” the aide said. “Things are just getting too freaky, too fast. We need to make sure everyone in the country would ask themselves ‘What would Jesus do?’ And I can tell you this, it certainly isn’t same-sex marriages and looking at dirty books.”

Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, have voiced their support for a constitutional amendment. An aide to Mr. Frist said members of the House and Senate are also exploring ways to defend the one true faith.

Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, said one option being discussed is to take a statutory approach, and simply make other forms of worship, or the lack of worship, illegal. Mr. Cornyn said such passing such a law would be difficult, if not impossible, without a constitutional amendment, due to a little-known constitutional provision which attempts to limit governmental power in regards to matters of faith, called the First Amendment.

Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, Colorado Republican, has sponsored a constitutional amendment in the House that would define the Lord and Savior as Jesus Christ, but would leave it up to states to decide the specifics of how He should be worshiped. In response to opponents who said the constitution already addresses religion and the state, Mrs. Musgrave responded. “That’s why they call it an amendment.”

“The American people overwhelmingly support Jesus Christ,” Mrs. Musgrave said in a statement, praising the president’s endorsement of God’s son at a Wednesday press conference. “This is evidenced in many ways, but particularly by the number of e-mails and telephone calls I receive in my office, as well as the many voices I hear in my head … President Bush is right to make this a national priority and to begin taking action in the defense of all things sacred.”

An aide to Mrs. Musgrave said a Senate companion to her amendment, which has 78 co-sponsors in the House, will likely be introduced soon.

The most recent Gallup Poll shows declining public support for non-Christian religions.

Key Republican leaders on Capitol Hill yesterday praised Mr. Bush’s vow Wednesday not to compromise on matters of Scripture.

“The president laid out that he’s willing to do what it takes to protect faith in this country,” Mr. Santorum said.

Mr. Frist said the president was on target with his strong statements.

“I support the president’s comments 100 percent,” he said.

Mr. Bush on Wednesday paraphrased a Bible verse suggesting lack of faith in Christ our Lord is a sin – but noted “we’re all sinners, just some more than others, and some sins are deadly, you know.” Yesterday, the president’s spokesman said Mr. Bush takes a tolerant approach to non-believers.

“We’re not going to start rounding up people and feeding them to the lions,” Mr. McClellan said yesterday. “Though it would be ironic if we did, wouldn’t it? In any case, the president is not someone who believes in cruel and unusual executions. Any death sentences would be done in the most ethical and humane manor possible that can be done for a godless heathen.”

“The president very much respects people who disagree with his view,” Mr. McClellan said. “But this is a principled stand. This is a view he feels very strongly about, and the president will not compromise on that view.”

When asked about how such an amendment might affect people of the Jewish faith, who do not believe Jesus Christ was the son of God, President Bush responded “What? You are kidding, right?”

(Inspired by this article on same-sex marriages.)

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