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Senate Engrossed House Bill

State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Forty-seventh Legislature

Second Regular Session

2006

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT MEMORIAL 2011

 

A CONCURRENT MEMORIAL

 

URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PERMANENTLY REPEAL THE DEATH TAX, TO DISSOLVE UNITED STATES MEMBERSHIP IN THE UNITED NATIONS AND TO REMOVE SPECIFIC AREAS RELATING TO FAITH FROM THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT.

 

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37 Whereas, on June 27, 2005, the United States Supreme Court, in two
38 razor thin majorities of 5-4, concluded that it is consistent with the First
39 Amendment to display the Ten Commandments in an outdoor public square in
40 Texas, but not on the courthouse walls of two counties in Kentucky; and
41 Whereas, many Americans are deeply puzzled as to how the Court could
42 produce two opposite results involving the same Ten Commandments; and
43 Whereas, it is appropriate to observe that, based on the Kentucky
44 decision, it is acceptable to display the Ten Commandments in a county
45 courthouse, provided you do not believe in God; and
 
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1 Whereas, Justice Scalia, in the Kentucky case, used these words to
2 emphasize the importance of the Ten Commandments to most Americans: "The
3 three most popular religions in the United States, Christianity, Judaism and
4 Islam—which combined account for 97.7% of all believers—are
5 monotheistic…[a]ll of them, moreover (Islam included), believe that the Ten
6 Commandments were given by God to Moses, and are divine prescriptions for a
7 virtuous life"; and
8 Whereas, very recent polling data by a major Washington, D.C. paper
9 revealed that a huge majority of the American people supports posting the Ten
10 Commandments; and
11 Whereas, S520 and HR1070 are bills that would allow the display of the
12 Ten Commandments in public places in America. The operative language
13 provides: "…[t]he Supreme Court shall not have jurisdiction to review, by
14 appeal, writ of certiorari, or otherwise, any matter to the extent that
15 relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government, or
16 against an officer or agent of Federal, State, or local government (whether
17 or not acting in official or personal capacity), concerning that entity's,
18 officer's, or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law,
19 liberty, or government"; and
20 Whereas, hearings were held on the same language in June 2004 in the
21 Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights Subcommittee of the Senate
22 Judiciary Committee. Hearings were also held on this language in September
23 2004 in the Courts Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee; and
24 Whereas, former Chief Justice Rehnquist, in the Texas case, used the
25 following words to describe the obvious duplicity of the United States
26 Supreme Court in telling local governments in America that they may not
27 display the Ten Commandments in local buildings in their communities while at
28 the same time allowing the Ten Commandments to be present on the building
29 housing the United States Supreme Court: "Since 1935, Moses has stood,
30 holding two tablets that reveal portions of the Ten Commandments written in
31 Hebrew, among other lawgivers in the south frieze. Representations of the
32 Ten Commandments adorn the metal gates lining the north and south sides of
33 the Courtroom as well as the doors leading into the Courtroom. Moses also
34 sits on the exterior east façade of the building holding the Ten Commandments
35 tablets."; and
36 Whereas, the Kentucky decision will be used by litigants who want to
37 remove God from the public square in America. Sooner or later, this effort
38 will take place in our states. Reports have indicated that efforts to remove
39 the Ten Commandments from public buildings or public parks are now underway
40 in at least twenty-five different places in America.
41 Wherefore your memorialist, the House of Representatives of the State of
42 Arizona, the Senate concurring, prays:
43 That the United States Congress adopt S520 and HR1070, and in so doing,
44 protect the ability of the people of this state and nation to display the Ten
45 Commandments in public buildings, to express their faith in public, to retain
 
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1 God in the Pledge of Allegiance and in the national motto, and to use article
2 III, section 2.2, United States Constitution, to remove these areas from the
3 jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.
4 Wherefore your memorialist, the House of Representatives of the State of
5 Arizona, the Senate concurring, prays:
6 That the Secretary of State of the State of Arizona transmit copies of
7 this Memorial to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of
8 the United States House of Representatives and each Member of Congress from
9 the State of Arizona.

 

 

 




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