Transcript of Roy Moore’s Cross Examination Now Online Read for yourself how Pryor asked Chief Justice Moore 3 times if he would continue to “acknowledge God.” See the proof for yourself that Chief Justice Moore was removed from the bench, not for posting the 10 Commandments, but for acknowledging God. The issue has always been about the public acknowledement of God. Read the transcript.
The National Coalition to Restore the Constitution The National Coalition to Restore the Constitution (NCRC) is a nationwide grassroots network of citizens committed to restoring the original meaning and spirit of the Constitution and the biblical principles upon which this nation was founded.
Judge Roy Moore Defending Ten Commandments Display in Kentucky County Courthouse News Wire Service Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and the Foundation for Moral Law, a religious-liberties legal organization in Montgomery, Alabama, filed a legal brief defending the constitutionality of a display of the Ten Commandments and other documents in a Kentucky courthouse. Read the Foundation’s brief in ACLU of Kentucky v. McCreary County, Kentucky.
Tennessee Ten Commandments and the “religious” fallacy Greg Jones / MoralLaw.org A decision in a Ten Commandments case handed down last week offers perfect illustration of a common fallacy committed by courts and citizens concerning religion in the public square. In ACLU of Tennessee v. Rutherford County (2006) (opinion not publicly available online), federal district judge Robert Echols denied the ACLU of Tennessee’s request to permanently prohibit the Rutherford County Commission from posting the Ten Commandments in any form in the county courthouse; instead, Judge Echols ruled that a trial should be held on the issue of whether the Ten Commandments display is acceptable.
Updates in Houston Bible monument case Firm Foundation – Blog Rehearing sought. As we mentioned here two weeks ago, a 3-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a Houston courthouse monument with a Bible on the top was unconstitutional (Staley v. Harris County). Now Harris County, Texas is asking for a rehearing en banc (by the full court) of the panel’s decision. The full court is not required to rehear the case, but given the well-publicized controversy over the Bible monument, and the poorly-reasoned decision by the original panel, I believe the court is likely to grant a rehearing and reverse in favor of Harris County. If the court denies rehearing, the only (and last) option for the county is a certiorari petition to the Supreme Court.
The Unalienable Right To Life in ventre sa mere By Roy S. Moore / The American View Our nation was founded upon the “self-evident” truth that “all Men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” as our founders wrote in our nation’s charter, the Declaration of Independence. “Among these” unalienable rights, the very first right the founders listed was, of course, “Life.” The Declaration recognizes the self-evident truth that human beings enjoy inherent dignity and the right to life as a direct result of being created by God.
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ten Commandments Ruling Covenant News Wire Service A federal court Monday upheld a Ten Commandments display at the Mercer County, Ky., courthouse — even though the display is identical to one that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in two other Kentucky counties last year. The decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati, affirmed a December ruling by a three-judge panel on the court that had validated the display. That ruling served as a basis for a new Kentucky law allowing religious texts to be posted as part of historical displays on public property.
Federal Judge says Ten Commandments shall stay at Courthouse Covenant News Wire Service A federal judge in Toledo ruled Tuesday that a decades-old granite monument of the Ten Commandments can remain standing on the lawn of the Lucas County Courthouse. The decision of U.S. District Judge James Carr closely follows the ruling last year of the U.S. Supreme Court that addressed the issue for the display of biblical messages on public property.
Kentucky’s Ten Commandments bill OK’d Covenant News Wire Service FRANKFORT — Kentucky lawmakers moved closer Wednesday to giving a final blessing to posting the Ten Commandments in local government buildings and schools. The measure allowing the commandments to be showcased as part of displays of historic documents in the public buildings was passed overwhelmingly by the Senate. That leaves the bill just one step away from final passage.
Ten Commandments bill moves forward The Associated Press ATLANTA — House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a measure Wednesday that allows courthouses to display copies of the Ten Commandments, after hours of debate tinged with religious fervor. The proposal to allow counties to display historical documents on public property passed by a 140-26 vote. The bill’s backers said the Ten Commandments and other principles that guide the state’s judicial system deserve to be publicly displayed if a county wishes.
Kayla Moore seeks donations Help Roy become a spokesman for Christian conservatism Covenant News Wire Serivce THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS — The wife of Republican candidate for governor Roy Moore is asking supporters for a Christmas campaign gift to help her husband become a “national spokesperson for Christian conservatism.” Kayla Moore wrote in an e-mail that Christmas was an appropriate time to begin their campaign “to return morality to our country and God to our public square.” Her husband is opposed by people who want to promote gay marriage and “remove Christ from Christmas,” she wrote.
Appeals court upholds Kentucky Ten Commandments display Covenant News Wire Serivce LEXINGTON, Ky. — A federal appeals panel ruled that a courthouse in central Kentucky can keep its display of the Ten Commandments because other historical documents also are included. The ruling by a three-judge panel for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court upholds a lower court decision that found the display at the Mercer County courthouse in Harrodsburg is constitutionally acceptable.
Judge Roy Moore to run for Governor of Alabama Covenant News Wire Serivce Mr. Chief Justice Roy Moore announced Monday that he is running for governor of Alabama in 2006. Moore, 58, said that if elected, he has no plans to relocate the Ten Commandments monument from its new home at a church in Gadsden. “But I’ll tell you what I will do. I will defend the right of every citizen of this state — including judges, coaches, teachers, city, county and state officials — to acknowledge God as the sovereign source of law, liberty and government,” he said.
Ten Commandments Resurrected By Federal Court American Family Association St. Louis, MO — In an en banc ruling, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned a lower federal court order requiring the removal of Plattsmouth, Nebraska’s Ten Commandments monument. The court had earlier vacated a three judge panel’s decision which upheld the lower court’s order. The Ten Commandments monument was donated to the City of Plattsmouth in 1965 by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The Plattsmouth monument is one of many other Ten Commandments monuments given by the Eagles to towns, cities, and states in the 1950s and 1960s.
ACLU cashes in on 10 Commandments fight Gwinnett Daily Post WINDER — Nearly two years after an anonymous resident sued the county to remove a framed copy of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse breezeway, Barrow County commissioners authorized a payment of $150,001 to the American Civil Liberties Union and the resident to be paid with taxpayer dollars. Commission Chairman Doug Garrison said the county will write two checks, one for $1 to John Doe and the other to the ACLU. The identity of the person who sued the county has remained a secret. “I hope he signs it and endorses it so when it comes back, we’ll know who he is,” Garrison said of the check to John Doe. “I don’t expect it ever to be cashed.”
Republican “judge” that voted against Roy Moore seeks re-election Columbus Ledger-Enquirer MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Supreme Court Justice Lyn Stuart said Wednesday she will seek re-election to the Supreme Court in the 2006 race. Stuart, 49, was elected to the Supreme Court in 2000 after serving as an assistant attorney general and assistant district attorney for Baldwin County. Stuart was one of the eight Supreme Court associate justices who voted in 2003 to remove Moore’s Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building, after Moore refused a federal judge’s order to do so. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary later voted to remove Moore from office.
Ten Commandments, Government and the Declaration of Independence National Ledger This week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on government displays of the Ten Commandments. Apparently some of the justices have enrolled in the John Kerry School of Advanced Nuance and Nonsense. Displaying the Ten Commandments outside the Texas state capitol is OK, but displaying them inside Kentucky courthouses isn’t. Bringing some common sense to the matter was, as usual, Justice Antonin Scalia. In his dissent he wrote: “What distinguishes the rule of law from the dictatorship of a shifting Supreme Court majority is the absolutely indispensable requirement that judicial opinions be grounded in consistently applied principle.” Consistency? Principle? In present day Washington, that’s probably expecting too much. These decisions came only days before we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. An irony is that the Declaration is a statement of religious faith as well as a political manifesto.
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Firestorm Over Supreme Court Justice Nominees “Roy Moore is the best choice that President Bush could make.” Conservative leader Howard Phillips is urging President Bush to nominate Judge Roy Moore to fill the vacancy left by the retiring justice Sandra Day O’Connor. “Judge Roy Moore is a rock-solid defender of the right to acknowledge God, a foe of sodomy and abortion, and a critic of the ‘legal positivism’ embraced by David Souter, Anthony Kennedy, John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Steven Breyer,” said Phillips, chairman of The Conservative Caucus.
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Covenant News Wire Serivce The Supreme Court struck down Ten Commandments displays in courthouses Monday, June 27, 2005, holding that two exhibits in Kentucky crossed the line between separation of church and state because they promoted a religious message. Justice David H. Souter wrote for the majority and was joined in his opinion by Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, as well as Reagan appointee Sandra Day O’Connor, who provided the swing vote.
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Judge Moore speaks at church Selma Times-Journal Judge Roy Moore opened his talk with the story of “The Preacher,” who was born in 1865 in Ireland and died in 1946. “James Albert McCary came from Ireland. His story has helped lead me to where we are today. “I can’t sing but I can eat. I can’t preach but I can teach. So I go around teaching people what they should be. Things have changed. Things have changed in Israel, Jerusalem and Judah,” he said, quoting Jeremiah on false prophets.
Appeals court rules ‘In God We Trust’ constitutional BP News WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has ruled that the phrase “In God We Trust” on a government building does not violate the separation of church and state. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, Va., ruled May 13 the national motto may remain on the facade of a county government building in Lexington, N.C. A three-judge panel of the court stated that the phrase does not violate the First Amendment prohibition on government establishment of religion.
Ala. Ten Commandments Monument Finds Home Roy Moore’s Ten Commandments monument going to Gadsden The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Roy Moore’s Ten Commandments monument, which became a landmark in the legal battle over the place of religion in government, is getting a new home in Gadsden after completing a national tour. The 5,280-pound granite monument will be on display at CrossPoint Community Church. Moore picked the site because he attends the church and because it operates a Christian school, said Rich Hobson, a spokesman for Moore and president of the Foundation for Moral law. A ceremony is planned for 1:30 p.m. Friday to mark the installation of the monument in the gathering room outside the Southern Baptist church’s new sanctuary.
Mississippi Legalizes Religious Displays On Public Property Gov. Barbour Signs Law Allowing Religious Documents To Be Posted On Public Property Jackson Clarion Ledger Mississippi is among the first states in the nation to make it lawful to allow religious documents to be posted on public property. By signing the law today, Gov. The law gives permission to those in authority of public buildings to post The Ten Commandments, excerpts of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and the motto, “In God We Trust.” Barbour already has a Ten Commandments display in his Capitol office.
10 Commandments, ‘Under God,’ OK by founders Billings Outpost On the Capitol lawn in Helena is a monument placed by a private organization and inscribed with the Ten Commandments. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has brought a case claiming such displays violate the “Establishment Clause” in the First Amendment to the Constitution. An atheist named Michael Newdow also has a case. He contends that the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance violate the Establishment Clause. But recent historical studies into the original meaning of the First Amendment show that the ACLU and Newdow are almost certainly wrong.
Split Decision In Religion Case Salt Lake Tribune Duchesne won the war but lost the battle in its dispute with a Salt Lake City religious group that wanted to place its own monument next to a Ten Commandments monolith in the eastern Utah city. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Dee Benson awarded Summum the $20 in damages the church had requested and ordered Duchesne to pay the group’s attorney fees. Last year, Benson rejected a bid by Summum to display its Seven Aphorisms in what had been part of a public park.
The Ten Commandments Debate continues over display in public Brunswick News The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments on whether the Ten Commandments should be allowed to be displayed on government property and will issue its decision by the end of June. Proponents of the Ten Commandments being displayed point to the deep religious tradition and practices this nation was founded on, while those in opposition to the commandments being posted in government venues cite a possible violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Ten Commandments tour concludes WorldNetDaily.com Justice Roy Moore’s monument crisscrossed nation A tour of former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s famous Ten Commandments monument has concluded after 164 showings in 21 states. The group American Veterans in Domestic Defense said the tour included rallies at state capitols, churches and courthouses. Moore gave possession of the monument to AVIDD under the project name American Veterans Standing for God and Country “because he felt that veterans had a stake in the preservation of our godly heritage and the protection of our religious symbols.”
House Plans Vote on 10 Commandments Display WLNS, MI Just days after the monument appeared at the State Capitol, the House could vote this week on a bill that would allow the 10 Commandments to be displayed on public property. It would only be shown if it’s with other historical documents that have influenced US Government. Last month, Governor Granholm said she did not have a problem with displaying the commandments at the Capitol as long as it doesn’t violate the separation of church and state.
Reaction to Local 10 Commandments Display WLNS, MI Jack Hoogendyk: “Our government, in all our laws, you can see all the 10 Commandments displayed, and I think it’s important for all the citizens to see that and be reminded daily on how we’re supposed to live.” Hundreds of people gather at the State Capitol to view a displaythat has sparked controversy across the nation. Just as State lawmakers move to allow the 10 Commandments to be displayed on government property,the granite display that caused a court battle in Alabamarolls into town, a nd where did it sit-on the Capitol lawn.
Book Release by Judge Roy Moore, “So Help Me God” 10Commandments.biz “So Help Me God” by Judge Roy Moore, describes the providential events in Chief Justice Moore’s life leading up to his removal from office, as well as providing a thorough explanation of “separation of Church and State” and the true “rule of law.” Order your book today from the Foundation for Moral Law, Inc., at http://www.morallaw.org
Appeals court sued for ‘Commandments’ on seal The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — The federal appeals court that ruled the Pledge of Allegiance was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion is being sued for allegedly displaying the Ten Commandments on its seal and courthouses. The case was brought by an attorney who was admitted to practice before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June.
Resolution proposes Ten Commandments display Oakland Press Seizing on comments made by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Sunday, one of the most conservative members of the state House has proposed a resolution to create a public display of the Ten Commandments in the Capitol building.
Ten Commandments Delivered To Fort Lauderdale Click10.com FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A controversial monument of the Ten Commandments and a replica of the Liberty Bell will be displayed at a Fort Lauderdale church, according to church leaders. Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Ten Commandments monument and a 1-ton, life-size replica of the Liberty Bell arrived today at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church at 5555 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.
Judge Roy Moore Ten Commandments Monument coming to Georgia again Southern Party of Georgia The Ten Commandments Monument is scheduled to be in Georgia on February 25 and 26. If you have not seen the monument you should make a special effort to attend one of these two Rallies. Of course you should make every effort to attend in either case.
Commandments on Trial in Iowa DesMoinesRegister.com U.S. high court’s upcoming ruling on religious displays on public property may ignite new battles in Iowa, observers say. On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in what some attorneys and constitutional experts consider to be the most important religious liberty case of our time.
Court to hear Ten Commandments cases March 2 The Monroe County Advocate The oral arguments in two Ten Commandment cases that could affect Monroe County’s court battle with the American Civil Liberties Union are scheduled to be heard by the United States Supreme Court beginning March 2. “We are waiting on that day,” said American Center for Law and Justice lead counsel Francis Manion, one of the attorneys representing the county in its court battle with the ACLU. But according to Manion, it could be as late as June, the end of the court’s current term, before the justices render a decision on the Texas and Kentucky Ten Commandments cases, which are somewhat similar to the Monroe County case.
Supreme Court Showdown Law Center Files Brief in Supreme Court Showdown Over Ten Commandments Covenant News Wire Service With little over a month before the United States Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on whether public displays of the Ten Commandments are constitutional, the Thomas More Law Center announced today that it has filed a “friend of the court brief” in the case of Van Orden v. Perry supporting the right of Texas to display the historically significant monument. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center commented, “The roots of American law are grounded in the timeless truths contained in the Ten Commandments, and we must not abandon this heritage.”
Religious Groups Oppose Ten Commandments Displays WKYT, KY Several religious organizations are showing their opposition to publicly posting the ten commandments. In a brief filed yesterday with the Supreme Court… the American Jewish Congress, the Baptist Joint Committee, and the Interfaith Alliance Foundation affirmed a lower court ruling, saying the display violates the separation of church and state. The stance comes in response to a case in McCreary county, where the commandments were placed in the courthouse.
American Jewish Congress Files Brief With Supreme Court Opposing Display of Ten Commandments U.S. Newswire NEW YORK — The American Jewish Congress, along with the American Jewish Committee, Baptist Joint Committee, and the Interfaith Alliance Foundation, filed a friend-of the court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm Dec. 18, 2003 ruling of the United States Court of Appeals For The Sixth Circuit calling a public display of the Ten Commandments on state government property a violation of the Establishment Clause.
Man wants to buy public land for Ten Commandments Indianapolis Star CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — A businessman wants to buy a small plot of the courthouse lawn in order to bring back a Ten Commandments monument. The proposal to Montgomery County Commissioners was aimed at getting around federal court rulings that led the county in 2001 to remove a Commandments monument from the site after a lawsuit was filed.
Frederick Defends Ten Commandments Sale in Federal Court WTOP, D.C. BALTIMORE — Frederick Mayor Jennifer P. Dougherty denied in federal court Tuesday that a Ten Commandments monument on private land inside a public park constitutes an illegal city endorsement of a religious display. But the plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking the monument’s removal testified that the city’s sale of the parcel to the Fraternal Order of Eagles in December 2002 was a “scam” that left church and state entwined.
Court OKs Wis. Ten Commandments Monument The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. – The city of La Crosse’s decision to sell a Ten Commandments monument and the land around it to a private service group was constitutional and not made to advance religion, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 that the city’s sale of the statue and a surrounding 22-by-20-foot plot of land in a public park to the Fraternal Order of Eagles was proper. The city sold the parcel to the Eagles after the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and two La Crosse residents sued in 2002 seeking the monument’s removal, arguing the display violated the separation of church and state.
‘Watchdog’ jumps in Judicial Watch Files Brief Backing Display Of Ten Commandments Covenant News Wire Service Judicial Watch has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving displays of the Ten Commandments on government property. The case involves displays in a public school in Harlan County, Ky., and courthouses in McCreary and Pulaski counties in that state. The displays include the Ten Commandments and other historically important documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta, and were intended to educate the public about the foundations of our legal system.