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While Alabama’s controversial Ten Commandments monument gathers dust inside a storage room its champion, suspended state Chief Justice Roy Moore, continues his battle to keep it on display and has offered it to Congress.
Monument of Ten Commandments
The Associated Press reports Moore seeks to move the 5,300-pound granite monument, which he says acknowledges God’s law as the foundation for America’s judicial system, to the cradle of U.S. government in Washington, D.C. According to his spokeswoman Jessica Atteberry, Moore met with several congressional members last week to discuss public displays of the Ten Commandments. Atteberry declined to identify the lawmakers.
“By its very action as the elected representatives of the American people, Congress would restore the balance of power between the branches of government and would send a message to federal courts that we, the people, have the final word on our inalienable right to acknowledge God,” Moore said in a statement.
WorldNetDaily reported the controversial marker nicknamed “Roy’s Rock” was removed Aug. 28 from the rotunda of the state Judicial Building in Montgomery where Moore put it on display in 2001, after Moore was suspended by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission for refusing to comply with a federal judge’s ordered removal.
Ten Commandments monument was moved Aug. 28 (Photo: Wsfa.com)
U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson ruled last year the monument violates the establishment clause, which provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” He wrote in his opinion the monument was “nothing less than ‘an obtrusive year-round religious display.'”
Moore lost an appeal July 1 at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Moore’s battle garnered national attention as hundreds of protesters in support of Moore gathered at the judicial building for several days prior to and after its removal. Evangelical leader James Dobson and former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes rallied Decalogue backers from all over the country.
“It is a sad day in our country when the moral foundation of our laws and the acknowledgment of God has to be hidden from public view to appease a federal judge,” protest organizer, the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, said on the day of the monument’s removal.
Moore has since declined offers to display the monument in Mississippi and North Carolina.
To help lobby for the relocation, the Christian Coalition of Alabama has organized a caravan to Washington with planned rallies in cities along the way.
According to the Associated Press, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., issued a statement calling on his colleagues to accept Moore’s “gracious offer.”
Reacting to this latest development, Ayesha Khan, an attorney for one of the groups that sued to have the monument removed from Alabama’s judicial building, told the news agency Moore’s request “shows the same level of disregard for federal taxpayers as he has shown all along for Alabama state taxpayers.”
The suit brought by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center was on behalf of three Alabama lawyers who argued the monument is offensive and caused them to feel like “outsiders.”
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.