118th CONGRESS

1st Session

 

 

 

 

 

 

H.J. Res. 1225

United States House of Representatives

January 9, 2023

 

Sponsored By: Rep Ian A. Medina (D-FL)

 

Article

Section 1. A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution of the United States repealing the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, declassifying “religion” as a suspect class under the Fifth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment and enacting a new amendment consisting of the Christianity Establishment Clause and the Differentiation of Powers Clause.

 

Section 2. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), that the following joint resolution be enacted and enforced against the territories under our sovereignty.

Section 3. Pursuant to duly executed legislative action by the powers granted in me by Congress, the United States of America: (1) repeals and deletes the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment; (2) repeals and deletes the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment; and (3) declassifies “religion” as a suspect class in the Fifth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment. 

 

Section 4. Subject to the legal effect of the previous section, the United States of America hereby establishes and declares itself, its several States and protectorates a Christian state. 

 

Section 5. The powers vested in the government shall be discrete and differentiated between religious government actors and secular government actors. 

 

Section 6. The only operational powers vested in the United States of America will be narrowly tailored to achieve the compelling state interests of raising American morale, ensuring high morality in all industry, reducing criminality, raise overall integrity, relieving the overburdened court docket, reducing immigration and creating new jobs in democratic government. The narrowly tailored effect of declaring the United States of America a Christian state is limited to an advisory role in a board of nine persons duly elected every 4 years to serve under the Constitution of the United States of America, its statutes and treaties under a Christian lens to render non-binding recommendations to secular government actors to take into consideration when lawmaking, enforcing laws and interpreting laws. 

 

Section 7. Moreover, the unquestionably narrowly tailored decree of the United States of America as a Christian state is depicted in the restrictions inherent in not vesting onto the Christian Government Board powers of lawmaking, powers of enforcement and adjudicating powers. This preclusion of jurisdiction to the Christian Government Board is done to preserve the reigns of powers unto the secular government, to wit: the Legislature (Article 1), the Executive (Article 2), and the Judiciary (Article 3). 

 

Section 8. As such, the U.S. Christian Government Board will be inherently limited and restricted in any operational and logistical governmental functions affecting the secular government of the United States of America. Consequently, any rights, privileges, immunities and benefits conferred to the citizenry are not at stake of being stripped.

 

Section 9. Although there is little risk of overreach, encroachment and corruption since the U.S. Christian Government Board has no legislative, executory or judicial functions, the public well-being will be safeguarded by the trusty power of impeachment vested in the U.S. House of Representatives. Moreover, the jurisdiction to hold trial and the power to convict is vested in the U.S. Senate. The convicted U.S. Christian Government boardmember will be subject to immediate removal from office and disqualification from ever holding public office again. 

 

Section 10. The qualifications to be a candidate for the U.S. Christian Government Board are: (1) a natural born or naturalized U.S. citizen for at least 10 years; (2) ordination in a recognized Christian denomination as clergy, including but not limited to Protestantism, amish, baptism, Methodism, Presbyterianism, Catholicism, evangelicals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Anglicanism, Pentecostalism, Seventh Day Adventist, episcopal, non-denomination, Latter Day Saints, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran; and 3) a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited university. 

 

Section 11. Prospective candidates shall at the time of qualifying report to the Federal Election Commission their Statement of Candidacy, Financial Disclosures and Qualifying Credentials. The FEC shall then issue a certification of qualification to the candidate to enable the start of political campaign for the next election cycle. The United States Christian Government Board is a non-partisan governmental entity of the United States of America and the Board seats are also non-partisan. 

 

Section 12. Elected boardmembers will receive compensation of $146,000 a year plus benefits. 

 

Section 13. After each four year election year, the Board will select a Chair that will act as the leader of the Board for that election period. The boardmembers will submit a quarterly report to the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader, the President of the United States, the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Governors of all states that lists new issues, progress reporting on old issues, religious guidance based in Christianity and non-binding recommendations. At the start of every quarter, the Chair will draft the aforementioned report and submit it to the Federal Register for dissemination and publication. 

 

Section 14. No additional rights, privileges, immunities, benefits or causes of action are granted herein that are not expressly granted in the plain language of the foregoing constitutional amendment consisting of the Christianity Establishment Clause and the Differentiation of Powers Clause.

 

Section 15. The foregoing clauses duly enacted by Congress and ratified by at least 3/4ths of the state legislatures merges and supersedes any contradictory or oppositional legislation and jurisprudence rendered moot at this point. 

 

Section 16. Immediately following the passage and ratification of this joint resolution, any contradictory or oppositional state law is preempted by federal law pursuant to the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution of the United States of America. U.S. Const. art. IV., Sec. 2. 

 

Section 17. All powers vested to the U.S. Christian Government Board herein are non-delegable, non-negotiable and non-transferable. 

 

Section 18. Nothing contained in this Joint Resolution and the Clauses herein enacted in the constitutional amendments mandates a person to practice any religion and the individual person maintains freedom to practice any religion he or she desires to practice. 

 

Section 19. Subject to the preceding sections, the United States of America will not be preferential to anyone on the basis of religion. In addition, the United States of America will not privilege, benefit, discriminate or punish anyone on account of what religion they practice, if any. 

Section 20. Everything vested herein is non-negotiable, non-transferable and non-delegable. Any and all claims at law and equity arising out of this legislation is subject to legislative immunity and barred. The drafters of this legislation reserve all the rights, privileges, immunities and benefits available at law. 

Section 21. As such, any and all cases and/or controversies arising from this legislation are barred under the Speech or Debate Clause of Article I of the Constitution of the United States. U.S. Const. art. I, § 6, cl. 1.

 

Sponsored by Rep. Ian A. Medina (D-FL): 01/09/2023

 

Passes the U.S. House:

 

Passes the U.S. Senate: 

 

Sent to Governors & Ratified By 3/4ths State Legislatures in All States:

 

Signed by President Joseph R. Biden: 

 

*President’s signature is superfluous and has no legal effect