Judge Myron Thompson, the federal judge who ordered the removal of a 10 Commandments monument from the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building, has agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by defenders of the Decalogue.
The original suit was filed yesterday, the day the monument was moved out of public view, but was dismissed by a judge in Mobile, Ala. Leaders of the Christian Defense Coalition, the group bringing the action, refiled it today in Montgomery, Fox News reported. The lawsuit asserts the forced removal of the monument violates the constitutional guarantee of free exercise of religion.
The news of Thompson’s involvement in the case comes as over 1,000 supporters of the monument gathered today for a rally in Montgomery.
Popular evangelical leader and radio host Dr. James Dobson spoke to the participants, comparing the struggle to keep the monument in its place to Rosa Parks’ fight against racial discrimination.
James Dobson addresses rally. (Photo: Gary McCullough, Christian Communication Network)
In his remarks, Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, noted the struggle was occurring in the same city where Rosa Parks in 1955 refused to move to the back of the bus to the area set aside for blacks.
“She saw something that she felt was evil,” he said. “Yeah, it was part of the ‘rule of law’ we have been hearing about since last week. But it was wrong, and it was evil. …
“I honor her today. She was a Christian woman who had a deep faith in God.”
Referring to the lack of political support for Parks, Dobson said, “There was a lot of cowardice at that time, and a lot of people were wrong. But she prevailed because she believed in what she was doing. … Therefore, we honor her and invoke her name today.
“We’re in a great moral struggle of our own, a great moral struggle,” Dobson continued. “It can be said that people of faith are being sent to the back of the bus. And we’re not going to go there!”
Monument of Ten Commandments
Dobson cited a recent poll saying 77 percent of Americans disapprove of the order to remove the two-ton monument from judicial building that was placed there in 2001 by state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.
Based on the survey, Dobson told rally participants there were “150 million people standing with you today” in defiance of U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson’s order last year that the monument violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
The rally today occurred slightly more than 24 hours after workers moved the monument from the lobby of the building. This “temporary” relocation is described as the first step to comply with the court order, which was upheld by Moore’s eight associate justices last week.
Dobson said he feels the Alabama standoff is representative of a “movement” afoot across America – people of faith with “great concern about this country.”
Earlier today, demonstrators at the Judicial Building prayed for the return of the monument.
Ten Commandments monument was moved yesterday (Photo: Wsfa.com)
Focus on the Family said Dobson has received an “outpouring of support” since he urged listeners to his daily radio show Monday to travel to Alabama and stand with Moore.
Former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes also was scheduled to address the rally.
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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