Supporters of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will gather at the Capitol in Montgomery on Saturday to demonstrate their opposition to a federal court’s order that the popular judge’s Ten Commandments monument be removed from the Alabama Justice Building.
As WorldNetDaily reported, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an ultimatum to Moore last week to remove the washing machine-sized granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments. The state could face a fine for each day the testimonial remains beyond Thompson’s Aug. 20 deadline.
Monument of Ten Commandments
Moore lost an appeal July 1 at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld Thompson’s earlier ruling that the monument, due to its placement in the rotunda of the Judicial Building, was a violation of the establishment clause of the Constitution’s First Amendment. The original suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Also last week, Moore filed a two-paragraph brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming Thompson did not have the authority to make him remove the monument. He has vowed to fight the order to remove the commandments, which he had placed and dedicated in 2001.
Besides the Decalogue, the monument also features quotes from the Declaration of Independence, the U. S. Constitution, the Alabama Constitution and other historical documents.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore
The rally, which is being promoted by several groups within Alabama and across the nation, is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Capitol. Rally organizers are estimating 15,000 people will attend.
A statement from the Alabama Constitution Party said:
” From across the country, those who love God, love liberty, and love freedom will be gathered at the steps of the Alabama Capitol Building, Montgomery, Ala., in support of the Ten Commandments and Judge Roy Moore, and the battle he has fought for 10 years for the constitutional right we have to acknowledge Almighty God in the public place, both from the Constitution for the United States and the 1901 Alabama Constitution.”
Scheduled speakers at the rally include WorldNetDaily columnist Jerry Falwell, former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and retired Marine Corps Gen. Raymond Davis.
“Please be there this Saturday to tell Myron Thompson, the ACLU and SPLC, the media and the rest of those of their ilk, ‘NO! You will push us no further!’” the statement said.
An e-mail from organizer Rick Scarborough said C-SPAN was planning to cover the event, as were several other media outlets. The Restore the Commandments website encourages people to attend the rally and participate in a 24-hour prayer vigil, which will begin on Aug. 10.
Vision America, an organizer of the event, sees the rally as a chance to take a stand for the Constitution.
“We will be acknowledging our firm belief that the God of the Bible is our God as well, and the Constitution of the United States has not authorized judges to forbid Americans to acknowledge Him in the public sector,” a statement said.
Sacrborough recently wrote in a column for WorldNetDaily: ” Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore … began his uphill battle to honor his God as a jurist 11 years ago as a circuit judge, and has become known as the “Ten Commandments Judge” – but, as he is quick to point out, his battle is not about the Ten Commandments, but about whether or not the state will acknowledge God as God.”
The rally originally was planned for the Alabama Supreme Court Building but was moved to the Capitol, where there is more room. A permit with the city of Montgomery was expanded to cover more blocks when organizers realized how large the rally could become, said a spokesperson with American Veterans in Domestic Defense, another sponsoring organization.
As WND reported, last month the U.S. House of Representatives voted to withhold funds from any enforcement action related to the Ten Commandments monument. The vote was 260-161.
Moore wrote a treatise on his battle to retain the monument in the July issue of Whistleblower magazine, WND’s monthly print publication.
In the August issue, entitled “LAW-LESS: Why many Americans fear attorneys and judges more than terrorists,” Roy Moore is the subject of an in-depth profile. Subscribe to Whistleblower magazine.