Bring America Back to God Rally in Mansfield

Retired Judge Darrell White (L) with Judges Robert Burgess and Charles Adams and the Harlan Bible

In 2008, the Gannett newspaper reported on Retired Judges of America’s dedication of a “Harlan Bible” to the 42nd Judicial District Court in Desoto Parish. “History was made and remembered today as the first district attorney and first judges to represent the newly created 42nd Judicial District of DeSoto Parish received their formal oaths of office,” said the article, the entirety of which is located here.

District Judges Robert E. Burgess and Charles B. Adams [see letter of acknowledgment] were sworn in and enthusiastically received the Bible.

Retired Judge Darrell White will again visit Desoto Parish this Sunday for an Independence Day Celebration.

He will join Attorney Mike Johnson at the “Bring America Back to God” Community-Wide Rally for Liberty.

The Rally will take place on Sunday, July 3rd from 7 to 9 PM at Southside Baptist Church in Mansfield, Louisiana and is sponsored by Louisiana College and Desoto Parish Churches.

Judge White and Dean Johnson will address the question: What has gone wrong in America and how can we FIX IT?

A printable flier for the rally is below.  Please plan to attend if you are in the area.

Declaration: the End or the Beginning?

Guest Post by Pastor Tim Grant
The Fathers House International Ministries, Inc.
Integrity Leadership Group LLC

It is now well past May 21st and we are still here!  Yet another “declaration of the end” has come and gone.  Regardless of doctrine, denomination or affiliation, the church has become increasingly focused on “the end.”  When will it all come to an end?  Are you sure it will end?  How will it end?  These are but a few of the questions that have been asked and answered again and again over time.  My question is, How many of us are ready to declare a ‘beginning?’”

Nearly 235 years ago, on July 4th, 1776 our forefathers ended something; then declared a new beginning!  This declaration was made on behalf of themselves, their families, their countrymen and the many generations that would follow in their footsteps.  Today many celebrate the memory of this day as “Independence Day.” Yet I wonder how many of the 310 million people in our country actually understand the real significance of our Day of Independence?

I was discussing our country and its spiritual condition one day with a mentor and he spoke these words to me: “There has to be a revelation (a revealing of something) that will cause a revolution (a revolving or a turning FROM something TO something) that brings a reformation (a re-formation, a reforming of something). This thought also makes me think of the word “renovation.”  I am no contractor or builder, but I do understand that part of the process of renovating a structure is the “tearing out” of all that is “bad” and replacing it with that which is “good.”

As my mentor said these words, I could not help but think about our “declarers of independence!”  In order to better understand the true significance of July 4th, 1776 and all it really means to us, I decided to read, again, our Unanimous Declaration of Independence.” I was determined to put myself back into their day and that time and read it through the eyes and hearts of those who crafted and signed this divinely inspired document.  As I read, I was captured by some of the phrases such as:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident…” “… endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” and “…whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers…to effect their Safety and Happiness.” This time, as I read, I became tearfully passionate for our country, our future and our own generation.

My angst is more with myself as a pastor and with other shepherds of His flock.  We must be more aggressive in informing and educating the people within our sphere of influence.  Someone once said, “Ignorance is no excuse.”  We need to admit our ignorance.  After all, true ignorance, by definition, is the reason revelation even exists!  The battle over ill-conceived perceptions, apathy, ignorance, perversion and hatred of the truth is being fought in our homes and in our republic on a daily basis. Only after admittance and true repentance can we begin to turn from our present state towards a place where we, as ONE people, can be re-formed!

I encourage all who read this to go and read or re-read the Declaration of Independence.  Read it slowly. Read it purposefully. And read it with the understanding that how we define words will make all the difference in how we perceive their true meaning.  Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and reveal to you the truths that have always been the foundation of your existence as a Citizen of the United States of America.  The foundation upon which this nation was built is what is being destroyed; piece by piece.

If you are a church leader, don’t just encourage God’s people to get involved, inspire them! If you are part of a church body, decide this day that you will be the inspiration that is needed in your church!  Pray for revelation, then turn.

2 Chron. 7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (KJV).  Our re-formation depends on it!

National Day of Prayer 2011 Celebrated!

National Day of Prayer Speakers

Judge Darrell White, retired from Baton Rouge City Court, discussed the judicial branch followed by prayers by Pastor Pat Chambers of MPC. Care Pastor Brad Grzych discussed the military and asked military personnel and families to stand.

Baker Police Chief Mike “Snapper” Knaps and Pastor Joseph Fields of MPC led prayers for the seven centers of power which are business,  church, education, families, media, military and police.

Retired Judge Robert Downing talked on the history and significance of the National Day of Prayer and MPC Care Pastor Kyle Engels delivered the benediction and a united salute to God.

Music was provided by Pastor Chris Breaux and the Miracle Place Church Worship Team.

The National Day of Prayer is part of our heritage. In 1775 the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming the nation. President Harry Truman declared an annual day of prayer and President Ronald Reagan set it for the first Thursday in May.

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The Bible and the Constitution

A fascinating excerpt from the Marquette Law Review, Winter 2001:

In 1906, an interviewer, seizing upon Justice Brewer’s turn of phrase, asked Harlan whether it was true that he went to bed “with the Bible in one hand and the Constitution of the United States in the other?”  [Interview by James B. Morrow with John Marshall Harlan, WASH. POST, Feb. 25, 1906, in JOHN MARSHALL HARLAN PAPERS, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS]

After observing that he could not remember ever going to bed precisely so encumbered and stating that he “did not profess to be a theologian,” Harlan went on to respond to the question with a brief statement about his religious beliefs:

“I fully believe in both the Bible and the Constitution…. I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Nothing which it commands can be safely or properly disregarded; nothing that it condemns can be justified. No civilization is worth preserving which is not based on the doctrines or teachings of the Bible. No nation that habitually ignores or violates the rules prescribed by it for the conduct and government of the human race, can long last.  This country is, in a large sense, a Christian country, and its adherence to the fundamental doctrines of Christianity is becoming more and more every year a marked feature in American civilization.”

[This article appeared in a number of newspapers. There are several copies of it, clipped from different newspapers, in the Harlan Papers.]

Source: Marquette Law Review, V 85, Number 2

Welcome to American Judicial Alliance!

Awakening the Conscience of One Nation Under God!

Setting an example for all lower courts, the State Supreme Courts of Alabama and Idaho have recently received commemorative Bibles in the tradition of the Harlan Bible in the custody of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Chief Justice Roger Burdick of the Idaho Supreme Court expressed gratitude on behalf of his Court stating that the Idaho Supreme Court “voted to begin the tradition of having justices of the Court sign the Bibles as is done with the Harlan Bible.” CLICK HERE to view Chief Justice Burdick’s letter.

These courts join the Louisiana and Texas Supreme Courts in receiving Harlan Tradition Bibles along with federal, state, and local courts in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, and Ohio.

American Judicial Alliance (AJA) promotes the respect due to courts and judicial officers by recapturing the vitality of America’s Organic Laws.

AJA is a coalition of citizens affirming that the integrity, legitimacy and public favor of America’s judiciary are best served by interpreting laws, including the Constitution, according to the documents’ text and structure, giving due regard to legislative intent.

By placing commemorative signatory Bibles in America’s courts – in the tradition of Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911) who donated a Bible to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1906 – AJA is “Awakening the Conscience of One Nation Under God.”

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson with Retired Justice Raul Gonzalez and five justices of the Supreme Court of Texas receive a Court Presentation Bible as Retired Judge Darrell White holds the Harlan Bible replica.

So far, through the efforts of AJA, over 200 Court Presentation Bibles have been dedicated to follow the tradition of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Harlan Bible.”  On March 12th, 1906, Justice John Marshall Harlan dedicated a Bible to the Court. Since that date, every U.S. Supreme Court justice has signed the Bible’s flyleaf, a tradition now being replicated across America by American Judicial Alliance. Click here to read more about the Bible Project of American Judicial Alliance!

Support and coverage of AJA’s mission has come from Supreme Court justices, active and retired judges, newspapers, magazines, and concerned citizens.

Recent Gallup polling data shows that America’s confidence in our Supreme Court is on the decline.  AJA, in keeping with the “Lawyer’s Oath,” seeks to “maintain the respect due to Courts of Justice and judicial officers.”

In bringing its message across America, AJA gives special attention to the American System of Law and the American Way of Life.

End of Year Message

Click here to view an End of Year Message from Retired Judge Darrell White.

Now is a great time to send in your year end gift to take the Gospel to the Courts.  Click the “Giving” tab to help American Judicial Alliance “Awaken the Conscience of One Nation Under God.”  We appreciate you so much!

American Judicial Alliance @ Profamily Legislators Conference

Left to Right: Jason Stern, David Barton, Darrell White

AJA is a featured speaker at Wallbuilders ProFamily Legislators  Conference this afternoon here at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Judge White will address the audience of legislators from all over the U.S. On the topic: Words have Consequences.

Jason Stern and Judge White have had many networking opportunities with these wonderful lawmakers.

Thanks to David Barton, Kristy Stedman and the whole staff for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful event!

Constitution Day!

“The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good is essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man.”
– James Madison

On Constitution Day 2010, Retired Judge Darrell White addressed classes at two different schools in Baton Rouge.  Pictured here is Judge White with an elementary class at Highland Elementary and below, he is speaking to students at Buchanan Elementary School.  The students learned more about the U.S. Constitution today! 

In addition, we hosted several first year law students for lunch at the American Judicial Alliance Headquarters and discussed Constitutional Law, with a particular focus on the First Amendment. 

We are gearing up for our trip to the Texas State Judicial Conference next week.  If you’re in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, come on out and visit our booth!

Justice Brewer on Character

“It is a mistake to suppose that the Supreme Court is either honored or helped by being spoken of as beyond criticism.  On the contrary, the life and character of its Justices should be the objects of more constant watchfulness by all and its judgment subject to the freest criticism.  The time is past in the history of the world when any living man or body of men can be set on a pedestal and decorated with a halo.  True, many criticisms may be like their authors, devoid of good taste, but better all sorts of criticism than no criticism at all.”

— Hon. David J. Brewer, Justice of  the Supreme  Court of the United States, in an address before the Marquette Club of Chicago, 1898.

Deep in the Heart of Texas!

American Judicial Alliance will attend the Texas State Judicial Conference in just a few weeks.   Over six hundred courts will be represented at this conference and AJA will be ready!  We’ll have a booth in the convention area and plan to meet lots of judges!

Six hundred judges is a lot of judges  to be sure!  …And that means a lot of Bibles for Courts.  Our plan is to place signatory Bibles in every court in America in the fashion of the Harlan Bible at the  U.S. Supreme Court.

Help us bring the  Gospel to the Courts by joining American Judicial Alliance.