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A Sympton of Liberal Judicial Insanity

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling declaring the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because of the words “under God” is another symptom of the progressive, liberal judicial insanity that has been permeating our society since the 1960s. Our Constitution gives us freedom of worship, not proscription of religion. Thomas Jefferson warned us that judicial activism could lead to tyranny and chaos if unchecked. The chickens have come home to roost.

The U.S. Constitution establishes freedom of religion: “Congress should make no Law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” in the First Amendment.

Recognizing where this has led in other countries such as Cuba and the former Soviet Union, we have been proscribing religion from public places and society at large, including government (public) school. This separation of church and state has been taking place drastically since the 1960s, ironically at about the same time Fidel Castro was proscribing religion in Cuba. Cuba as an officially atheistic State, as might be expected, goes much further implementing tyranny without religion. Is that where we want to go?

Because of our jettisoning of our Judeo-Christian principles upon which this nation was founded, coupled with the growth of government in our private and public life, our children have suffered greatly and are growing up devoid of a moral compass.

People worry about children with guns, violence in schools, street crime, and wonder why we have so much of them, so much immorality, crime, broken families, etc. This disintegration of the moral foundation of our society has been the result of a series of rulings such as this. I would have thought this insanity would have been jolted out of the liberal mind of the cultural opinion molders in society after Sept. 11, but apparently it has not–judicial activism, political correctness, zero tolerance, and all the other nonsense we have inured for decades will continue.

One gleam of hope is that the 9th Circuit Court is not only the most left-wing but also the most overturned Appeals Court in the country. Let us hope the Supreme Court ends this nonsense and rules appropriately.

If not, there is a remedy: There is a clause in the Constitution that provides for Congress to remove the Judiciary from certain issues in which the courts have erred. Article III, Section 2 provides that the Supreme Court “should have appellate jurisdiction, to both Law and Fact with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress should make.”

In other words, Congress can take issues away from courts as necessary to save the nation. I can think of no better time for Congress to do so with this insanity of complete “separation of church and state.”

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. is editor-in-chief, Medical Sentinel of the AAPS, and author of “Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise.” He lives in Macon.

This article was originally published in The Macon Telegraph on June 28, 2002.

This article may be cited as: Faria MA. A Sympton of Liberal Judicial Insanity. Macon Telegraph, June 28, 2002. Available from:

Copyright ©2002 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.

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