While Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore stands tall in defense of the Ten Commandments, absolute morality and responsibility to God, many others involved in the case, analyzing it and pontificating about it are headed for the tall grass.
Oh, I’m not talking about U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, the activist politician masquerading as a defender of the Constitution. No. Surely there are many like him in this nation who can scarcely hide their desire to obscure what America owes to God, to the Bible and to our founders who drew their inspiration from them. I’m not talking about the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. No. These are groups with a clear agenda. Nothing they do along these lines should surprise us.
The people I’m talking about are people who should know better – people who claim to be Christians themselves, people who say they understand they are accountable to a higher authority than government.
I’m talking about people like Alabama Attorney General William Pryor – an observant Roman Catholic engaged in a contentious battle over his nomination by President Bush to a federal judgeship. He has promised to ensure Thompson’s order is obeyed.
I’m talking about people like Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He says he agrees in principle with Moore’s stand. But he disagrees with his tactics and strategy – equating Moore’s contest of a federal court order as civil disobedience.
I’m talking about people like Fox News commentator Fred Barnes who said last week Moore must be wrong because so many other judges have disagreed with him. Great logic from a free-thinker who also claims to be a conservative Christian.
I’m talking about people who are falling for the idea that the federal government and federal courts always trump state courts, state laws and state constitutions. Some say this issue was decided by the Civil War. The only thing settled by the War Between the States was which side had more military might. Do these weenies really believe the Ninth and 10th Amendments are null and void?
Justice Roy Moore ran for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court pledging to display the Ten Commandments. The people of Alabama elected him to that office. He carried out his campaign pledge and followed the law of the sovereign state of Alabama in doing so.
Federal Judge Thompson is one man demanding Moore remove the monument. His court order is not the law of the land. It is the opinion of one misguided activist judge. Following such a demand would not be following the rule of law, it would be succumbing to the rule of men.
Man’s laws must conform “to the laws of nature and nature’s God,” as our founders clearly understood. Where would this nation be today if Pryor, Land and Barnes stood in the place of those heroic men who defied authorities of their day and King George III.
This is not an issue of a First Amendment violation, as Thompson claims. The First Amendment protects the free exercise of religion and prohibits the state from imposing an official church. The Ten Commandments represent the very basis of Western Civilization. They are revered equally by believing Jews, Christians and even some Muslims. It is a unifying document, not a divisive one. If our society cannot agree that the very basis of all our laws should be read, honored and obeyed, then our society will not last much longer. It won’t deserve to last much longer.
I wonder how long it will take the ACLU to sue the U.S. Supreme Court for its own displays of the Ten Commandments? I wonder how long it will take Judge Thompson or another like-minded activist to threaten Chief Justice William Rehnquist with a court demanding the removal of at least two such images – one on the inside and one on the outside of the building? I wonder where Pryor, Land, Barnes and others like them will be when that time inevitably comes? I wonder what defenses will be invoked to protect our national spiritual heritage then?