August 30, 2004
Monument fight a platform loss
WASHINGTON — The GOP platform expected to be ratified today doesn’t take a firm stance on the public display of the Ten Commandments, despite the urgings of 21 Alabama delegates who focused on that issue in their campaigns for a spot at the New York gathering. They wanted the platform to officially endorse a bill that would outlaw court rulings abridging a public “acknowledgment of God.” Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore helped write it after he was removed from office for denying a federal court order requiring him to take a Ten Commandments monument out of the state courthouse.
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