Saturday, August 23, 2003

Alabama Chief Justice Suspended

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (search), who has defied a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the state's Judicial Building, was suspended Friday by a judicial ethics panel. A federal judge had decided the 5,300-pound granite marker violated the Constitution's ban on government promotion of a religious doctrine. Moore was automatically suspended with pay when the nine-member Judicial Inquiry Commission referred the ethics complaint against him to the Court of the Judiciary, which holds trial-like proceedings and can discipline and remove judges. Ruby Crowe, an assistant clerk working with the court, said Moore would have 30 days to respond. The Commandments monument "will be taken out very soon," said state Attorney General Bill Pryor on Fox News' "DaySide." "We have an obligation to uphold the rule of law." Moore met with the commission early Friday as about 100 of his supporters, several blocks away at the federal courthouse, ripped and burned a copy of U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson's order for the monument's removal. Moore said he told the commission that he upheld his oath of office by acknowledging God. Moore has said Thompson has no authority to tell the state's chief justice to remove the monument. "What this federal judge has said is that we cannot acknowledge God," Moore told Fox News Friday. "My battle is not with the justices of the court, my colleagues, my battle is with the federal government, who has come in and told us how to think, who we can believe in." Moore had no immediate comment after his suspension was announced. His spokesman, Tom Parker, said Moore's attorneys would respond to the complaint Monday. Link found at >>Full story...

I would like to plead caution here ... think about it, please ... organized religion has been responsible for a lot of grief and, unfortunatedly, it has proven to be a great control mechanism utilized by the elite to control the masses ... one person's GOD is not the same as another's person's GOD ... Secularism for government and public entities is the true expression of a society's freedom ... SOMEONE ELSE'S GOD should not be shoved down your throat in a free society ... STUDY HISTORY, PLEASE ... there is great danger in that thinking! Secularism is a not necessarily a bad thing ... when government does not dictate religion .... THAT IS A GOOD THING! Freedom to worship as you please should not be abridged by the government, nor should government be abridged by religion -- they should be kept separate!

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