Understanding Judicial Retention
A judicial retention election is a periodic process whereby a judge is removed from office if a majority of votes are cast against retention. The voter votes YES and the incumbent judge retains (keeps) their job. The voter votes NO and the incumbent judge does not retain (loses) their job. A judge is removed from their position only if there are a majority of No votes.
By way of example, on November 2, 2010 Iowa voters will be asked something similar to the following:
Shall each of the persons listed be retained in office as Judge of the Supreme Court?
Marsha Ternus Yes or No
Michael Streit Yes or No
David Baker Yes or No
Judges in their own words…
We are very concerned about judges and the courts in our nation. Our judges, even more than the elected representatives, have changed the climate of our nation, especially in the area of religious freedom. Children can no longer read the Bible or pray in the name of Jesus because of judicial decisions. Marriage is no longer considered a sacred union between a man and a woman because of the opinions of several judges.
“The Court will allow prayer if it is a typical nondenominational prayer, which can refer to God or the Almighty or that sort of thing. The prayer must not refer to a specific deity by name, whether it be Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, the Great God Sheba or anyone else. And make no mistake, the Court is going to have a United States marshal in attendance at the graduation. If any student offends this Court, that student will be summarily arrested and will face up to six months incarceration in the Galveston County Jail. Anybody who violates these orders, no kidding, is going to wish he or she had died as a child when this Court gets through with it.” — Doe v. Santa Fe Independent School District, Galveston County, Texas 1999 (This case refers to whether or not students can pray at a high school graduation.)
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Jesus said, And in that day you will ask Me nothing. “Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:23-24
The fact that prayer may be voluntary ignores the essential nature of the program’s constitutional defects. Prayer in its public school system breaches the constitutional wall of separation between Church and State.” — Engel v. Vitale 1962 (This is the initial case where the courts said that prayer in schools was unconstitutional.)
“I desire therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” I Timothy 2:8 ??The wall of separation between church and state is not in the U.S. Constitution
“If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments. This is not a permissible state objective.” — Stone v. Graham 1980 (This is the initial case that said that schools could not have the Ten Commandments posted in the school or classroom.)
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
“If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could be psychologically harmful to the child.” — Abington School District v. Schempp 1963 (This is the initial case that removed the use of the Bible in public schools.)
“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” I Peter 2:1
A long-standing legal policy in criminal justice is that flight is evidence of guilt. However, a judge threw out a videotaped confession and nearly 80 pounds of seized drugs after the defendants ran away, excusing them by saying, “Had the men not run when the cops began to stare at them, it would have been unusual.” — U.S. v. Bayless 1996
“The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1
A judge ruled that it is unconstitutional for a classroom library to contain books that deal with Christianity, or for a teacher to be seen with a personal copy of his Bible at school. — Roberts v. Madigan 1990
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
A Texas judge ruled that “a school district or other governmental body cannot seek to advance values such as honesty, courage, etc., no matter how laudatory, through religious means.” — Doe v. Aldine Independent School District 1982 A high ranking official from the national drug czar’s office who regularly conducts public school anti-drug rallies was prohibited from doing so in Nacogdoches, Texas, because a judge pointed out that even though the speaker was an anti-drug expert, he was also known as a Christian minister and thus was disqualified from delivering a secular anti-drug message. — Alexander v. Nacogdoches School District — United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division 1991
“But flee youthful lusts, and follow after righteousness, faith, love and peace with those that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” II Timothy 2:22
The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts. — John Jay, Original Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.
“I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.” Isaiah 1:26
One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations. I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society. — Joseph Story, U. S. Supreme Court Justice and Father of American Jurisprudence
“In that day the Lord of hosts will become a spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment and a strength to those who repel the onslaught at the gate.” Isaiah 28:5-6