Appealing to a Higher Power


Americans are a patient and law-abiding people. But for too long we have watched as the justices on the nation’s highest court have legislated from the bench.

These justices have taken what was to be our nation’s road map for the people -- the U.S. Constitution -- and turned it on its head.

For more than half a century, the U.S. Supreme Court has acted as a “super legislature” -- no longer interpreting the Constitution, but rather writing and proclaiming its own law.


In 1962, it ruled prayer out of the public schools.

In 1963, it ruled the Bible out of public schools.

In 1973, it applied a “right of privacy” not found in the Constitution as the basis for opening the door to the slaughter of more than 43 million innocent unborn children.

Subsequent federal courts ruled that the Ten Commandments were illegal in schools, that statues of Jesus were illegal in public parks and that prayers on a map in North Carolina were illegal. They even ruled that it was illegal for little elementary schoolchildren to give thanks over their milk and cookies at snack time.

Now the Supreme Court has declared a constitutional right to consensual sodomy and, by the language in its decision, has opened the door to homosexual marriages, bigamy, legalized prostitution and even incest.

It is time for a change, and many thousands of Americans agree.

That is why I am calling for a massive prayer offensive -- Operation Supreme Court Freedom -- to ask God to give us some relief.

There is a higher tribunal than the United States Supreme Court. There is the judge of all the Earth. We must earnestly come before him now and cry out for redress of our grievances. He loves our nation as much as we do, and he does not wish to destroy it.

But no culture has ever endured that has turned openly to homosexuality. And no society has ever been spared the wrath of God that has been guilty of slaughtering tens of millions of the innocent.

In 1819, a frustrated Thomas Jefferson concluded that the Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights, had become a “mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”

In recent decades, the Supreme Court has contorted the Constitution to mean that the people may not decide for themselves through their duly elected officials matters of moral and social importance.

As I have been quoted as saying, one justice is 83 years old, another has cancer and another has a heart condition. Is it not possible for God to put it in the minds of these three judges that the time has come to retire?

With their retirement and the appointment of conservative judges, a massive change in federal jurisprudence could take place.

A growing number of Americans see the Supreme Court for what it truly is. After all, no matter how much a legislature may debate, negotiate, compromise and discuss a significant social issue, a mere five-member unelected majority of the Supreme Court is always free to impose what it thinks is really best for the American people.

This is not a free people at work, but rather a judicial oligarchy of which Jefferson warned.

The idea of a “living Constitution” -- whose heart and breath ends up being nothing more than the ideological predilections of the Supreme Court’s sitting members -- is contrary to fundamental principles of the rule of law.

The time has come for several justices to retire, and I am fervently praying to that end.

Pat Robertson is chairman and chief executive of the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, Va.