DES MOINES, Iowa — Delivering the closing keynote speech at the National Religious Liberties Conference, Freedom 2015 event on Sunday evening, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee promised the audience if elected he would introduce a constitutional amendment to create a court that would have authority to review and overturn decisions made by the Supreme Court of the United States.
In his speech, Mr. Huckabee’s condemned the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. He told the Christian attendees gathered at the Iowa Events Center here in Des Moines that the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage was not legal because the Supreme Court “does not have authority to make laws.”
“It is not law because the people’s elected representatives have not made it law,” he said. “And there is nothing in the Constitution that gives the Supreme Court the power to make a law. They are the Supreme Court. They are not the Supreme Branch or the Supreme Being. They can’t make law.”
Mr. Huckabee said the proposed constitutional amendment would create what he called The Higher Christian Constitutional Tribunal, which would have powers to review Supreme Court decisions. He said the tribunal would also have “ex post facto powers” to reverse any ruling made by the Supreme Court since 1789, when it was created.
“This Christian court will stop this ongoing rogue judicial supremacy in its tracks. Our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortunes, and their sacred honor to resist the tyranny of King George and the British Parliament. And it’s our duty today, this generation of Christians, to stop this judicial tyranny that would deny religious freedom and liberty.
He told the conference attendees it was crucial that a Christian Republican be elected president in 2016 because he would do what President Obama refuses to do.
“When they handed him that Obergefell decision, he should have refused it and simply said, ‘Thank you for your opinion, but we shall ignore it because there’s nothing in the Constitution that affirms that you can define marriage.’”
The conference, held November 6 through 8, was organized by Christian activist Kevin Swanson, host of Generation Radio, an Internet program focused on providing a Biblical worldview for homeschooling students and parents.
Organizers said the goal of the conference was to create strategies to support candidates who will defend religious freedom and liberties.
Literature distributed at the conferences defined the conference’s theme and focus:
“The 2016 elections will be definitive. For Christians, religious liberties will be the issue. Sadly, Religious Freedom isn’t just a theoretical issue for American Christians. Everyday Christians and families are facing persecution. With an increasingly aggressive leftist minority rising, now is the time to bring religious liberties, parental rights, and freedom from big government to the forefront of consideration in national politics.”
In closing his speech, Mr. Huckabee echoed the aspirations of the organizers.
“I think what we are facing today is a whole lot worst than it’s ever been. And if we love our country and we do not want to see God’s intense wrath falling upon it, we must not ignore the abominations found in the radical LBGTQ movement’s attacks on traditional American values and that activist court that has chosen to hug up with them.”
Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Piyush “Bobby” Jindal also spoke at the conference.
John Smith covers religion and faith news.