Target: Representative Louie Gohmert
Goal: Force resignation of lawmaker who thinks Biblical law trumps national law.
The laws of Jesus are more important than constitutional laws and should be treated as such, according to Texas Representative Louie Gohmert. Gohmert has demonstrated time and time again that he does not understand how our country’s laws and system of governance work. Demand that he resign from office at once.
Since being elected in 2004, Gohmert has cultivated quite a reputation for his extreme hard-right views and hardline Christian fringe attitudes. In a recent rant on the House floor, however, he took his absurdity to whole new levels and made clear just how unqualified he is to be one of our nation’s lawmakers.
Discussing the much-anticipated Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, Gohmert revealed his profound delusion regarding the role of Christianity in our government. “The Supreme Court says theirs is more important than the opinions established and stated by Jesus Christ,” he explained. “It is a matter of a constitutional crisis when the Highest Court in the land … says that their opinion is more important than Moses’.”
He went on to betray his misunderstanding of the role and responsibility of the Supreme Court as the head of one of the three branches of government. “It is probably sufficient grounds for impeachment for a Supreme Court Justice to violate the law so that they can force their will upon the American people to push through their legislative agenda even though they are not legislators,” he said. “If they break the law in order to change dramatically the law, they shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court.”
Gohmert shows an amazing lack of understanding of America’s system of government and takes advantage of his position in the legislature to pursue the causes consistent with his own distorted idea of how the government works. Sign the petition below to demand that he step down from his office immediately.
Dear Representative Gohmert,
I am writing you today regarding some comments that you recently made on the House floor. They proved that you have absolutely no idea how the government of the United States operates, what the role of the Supreme Court is, or how your personal religious beliefs fit into your duties as a congressman.
The great thing about American democracy is that, at least in theory, anyone can be voted into office to represent their community. While this is amazing, those who become representatives should have at least a workable knowledge of the American system of government.
You obviously do not have that knowledge—and if you do, you have no problem ignoring it. Contrary to what you stated, the Supreme Court exists to check the legality of our nation’s laws—it ruling that a law is unconstitutional is not it forcing a “legislative agenda,” and it is certainly not grounds for any of its members’ impeachment. Similarly, the Supreme Court’s opinion certainly trumps that of “Jesus and Moses” because the United States is not a theocracy.
Your profound misunderstanding of the way our government works and Christianity’s role in it makes you unfit to be a lawmaker. I demand that you resign from office at once.
[Your Name Here]
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