Correspondence

Judge Roy Moore vs. the ACLU

Letter From Alabama

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Roy S. Moore, the Etowah County (Alabama) Circuit Judge, for having the Ten Commandments on the wall of his courtroom and for beginning each session with a prayer, on the usual grounds that a "wall of separation" stands between government and religion. Judge Moore agrees—up to a point. While recognizing that he is indeed part of the government, Moore points out that he represents Alabama and not the federal Leviathan. Therefore, he is upholding state law as well as the fundamental premise on which the Republic was founded: that the unalienable rights of Americans come from Cod and not from government. In the opinion of Judge Moore and the great majority of Alabamians, the cart is now before the horse because the government in Washington has assumed the role of the Creator, and as a result the rights of all are in danger.

The original legal action against Moore stemmed from a suit brought by the chief litigator of the Alabama ACLU, Joel Sogol, on the part of three Etowah County residents and something called the Alabama Freethought Association. An Alabama state court ruled that prayer and the plaque containing the Ten Commandments had no bearing on the conviction of an arsonist who claimed he did not receive a fair trial in Moore's decidedly pro-Judeo-Christian courtroom. Thereafter, the ACLU brought suit in federal court (where they always seem to succeed), but U.S. District...

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