Using an obscure concept called the Convention of the States, Christian conservatives are hoping to rewrite the U.S. Constitution, obliterate the separation of church and state, and turn the U.S.A. into a theocracy.
A Feb. 12 report issued by Americans United details the religious right’s plan to “rewrite the U.S. Constitution to make it more to their liking.” The report indicates the plan is gaining momentum in the Bible Belt, and is supported by a coalition of conservative Christians determined to undermine the secular values upon which this nation was founded.
One way to amend or change the U.S. Constitution is if two-thirds of the states apply for a constitutional convention. Article 5 of the Constitution says a “convention of the states” requires “application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states.” This means a minimum of 34 states would be required to petition Congress to set a date and venue for a Convention of the States.
Each state would send delegates to the convention and have one vote. Amendments could pass by a simple majority and would then have to be ratified by the legislatures of at least 38 states.
Raw Story reports the Convention of the States movement is gaining momentum. The Georgia Senate voted 37-16 last week to set aside the Constitution written by the Founding Fathers and start over again, and lawmakers in eight other states – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and South Dakota — are deliberating similar proposals.
Supporters of a Convention of the States claim they want to “call a convention for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government,” and, “impose a complete package of restraints on the misuse of power by all branches of the federal government.”
However, Americans United warns that the Convention of the States campaign is “actually about undermining church-state separation, stopping same-sex marriage, ending legal abortion and furthering other far-right obsessions.”
What do you think about a possible Convention of the States, and the possibility of rewriting the U.S. Constitution? Leave a comment, express yourself.
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