Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who remains steadfast in his battle to keep a Ten Commandments monument at the state’s judicial building, will appear today before an ethics panel that could suspend him from office.
Moore will respond to a complaint filed with the State Judicial Inquiry Commission asserting his defiance of a federal court order to remove the monument violates the state’s Canons of Judicial Ethics.
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Roy Moore spoke to supporters and press yesterday (Photo: WSFA.com)
A decision by the commission to file charges with the State Court of the Judiciary would result in automatic suspension with pay.
Yesterday, eight associate justices of Alabama’s Supreme Court overruled Moore, stating they were “bound by solemn oath to follow the law, whether they agree or disagree with it.”
At a press conference yesterday afternoon on the steps of the court building, however, Moore remained resolute, saying he was “very disappointed in my colleagues on the court.”
“Let me assure you. The fight to defend our constitutional rights to acknowledge God must and will continue,” he told reporters.
Moore said he is preparing a new petition to the U.S. Supreme Court “to resolve clearly our inalienable rights to acknowledge God under the First Amendment.”
Early last night the monument remained in the building’s rotunda. WSFA-TV in Montgomery said it confirmed the monument would not be moved from the building, but would be taken to a private location within the facility.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, who made the Aug. 5 order to have the monument removed by Wednesday night, has planned a telephone conference with lawyers this morning at 9 a.m. Thompson has said he will consider imposing fines against the state if Moore does not comply with the order.
Thompson ruled the monument, placed in the rotunda by Moore two years ago, violates the First Amendment’s establishment clause, which says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Moore argues the monument has nothing to do with Congress making a law.
Drawing a crowd
Meanwhile, supporters of the chief justice continue an around-the-clock protest. The Washington, D.C.-based Christian Defense Coalition planned to continue daily prayer meetings and a rally at 7:30 p.m. each night through the weekend.
Bethany Wales, news producer for WSFA, told WorldNetDaily she estimates more than 1,000 people have come to the steps of the judicial building in defense of Moore over the past two days.
Only three of the 22 protesters arrested at the monument site yesterday afternoon are from Alabama, she said, noting the presence of many supporters arriving from out of state.
Moore told the enthusiastic crowd gathered yesterday at the judicial building “the people of this state elected me as chief justice to uphold our constitution which establishes our justice system, invoking the favor and guidance of almighty God. To do my duty, I must acknowledge God. That’s what this case is about.”
He noted Judge Thompson said in his closing arguments acknowledgement of the Judeo-Christian God crosses the line between the permissible and the impermissible and the acknowledgement of God is to violate the Constitution of the United States.
“Not only does Judge Thompson put himself above the law, but above God as well,” Moore declared.
“I have been ordered to do something I cannot do, and that is violate my conscience,” he said.
Moore said if “the rule of law means doing everything a judge tells you to do we would still have slavery in this country”
“The rule of law in 1858 declared that slaves were property simply because a judge said so,” he said. “Dr. Martin Luther King is proof enough that great men do follow the rule of law and not the rule of man.”
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Moses, with 10 Commandments, is central figure on east fa?ade of U.S. Supreme Court building
The chief justice noted the federal district court in Montgomery has a bust of the Greek god Themis.
“You won’t find federal authorities scurrying around to conceal that bust behind a screen,” he said, noting the Ten Commandments monument was shielded for a time yesterday. “And neither will we hide the truth any longer. I will not violate my oath. I cannot forsake my conscience. I will not neglect my duty. And I will never, never deny the God upon whom our laws.”
Defenders of Moore have pointed out the U.S. Supreme Court building itself has two depictions of Moses and the Ten Commandments. One is a frieze sculpture in the south courtroom and another is a sculpture on the building’s east facade. Also, the Ten Commandments is represented on the courtroom’s oak doors.
“I say enough is enough,” Moore said. “We must dare defend our rights, which is the motto of this great state. No judge or man can dictate in whom we can believe and in whom we trust.”
Moore wrote a treatise on his battle to retain the monument in the July issue of Whistleblower magazine, WND’s monthly print publication.
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