J.A.I.L. News Journal
Los Angeles, California December 10, 2003
Redirecting The HeatTowards The CourtsProtesters urged to speak up
Use the vote to make self heard, speakers say
By Susanne Cervenka
and Laura A. Bischoff
COLUMBUS | Former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes called on voters Friday to speak out and ask their representatives to remove "tyrannical federal judges" who he said are undermining the nation.
"Our politicians call themselves leaders but they are not gonna lead us any place that we don't take them first," Keyes told a rally outside the Ohio Statehouse.
A crowd of nearly 100 stood in frigid rain for two hours to listen to Keyes and about a half-dozen conservative speakers denounce judicial decisions. Those targeted included Roe v. Wade and the recent Massachusetts Supreme Court decision on same-sex unions.
Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican candidate for governor in 2006, urged the crowd to correct the problem by becoming active voters.
"Ladies and gentlemen we can't sit on the sidelines," he said. "This cannot just be a rhetorical show."
The Restore the Law rally was sponsored by Citizens for Community Values, Minutemen United, Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Reform America Coalition and other groups.
"If someone doesn't do something, what will we be leaving to our children?" asked speaker Dave Daubenmire, director and founder of Minutemen United, a Christian-based reform organization.
State Rep. Diana Fessler, R-New Carlisle, who was at the rally, said, "The one thing that came to my mind was, ‘Let it begin with me.' ”
At a press conference later in the day, Keyes praised Ohioans in Adams County who are continuing to press the case that they be allowed to display the Ten Commandments on public property.
In 1997, residents decided to display the Ten Commandments at the four new high school buildings in the rural county of 28,000 along the Ohio River.
One resident complained and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in February 1999, said Ken Johnson, a spokesman for Adams County for the Ten Commandments. After lengthy legal battles, the monuments were removed in June.
Supporters of the Ten Commandments have appealed the removal order. Oral arguments were held Friday before a three-judge panel in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
Keyes, who was ambassador to the U.N. Economic and Social Council from 1983 to 1985, called those pressing the case "courageous."
Not too long ago all political attention was focused upon the Executive and the Legislative Bodies of government in seeking relief. However, it is becoming more and more obvious that the heat is shifting toward the judges and the judiciary of this country. We are sensing that all political movements, groups and organizations are slowly moving toward the consciousness that passage of J.A.I.L. is the only answer. We anticipate that we all shall soon see group after group coming into the fold of JAIL4Judges with a united voice to call our nation's judiciary into account, and putting government back into the hands of the People.
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