Just days after he was stripped of his Alabama chief justice position, Roy Moore is proposing federal legislation to reassert the power he insists Congress already has to limit the jurisdiction of federal courts.
Roy Moore (Photo: WSFA.com)
“Under the Constitution of the United States, federal courts had no jurisdiction over the acknowledgment of God by the individual states,” Moore said in a statement released today. “In recent years, federal judges have usurped state power with regard to the acknowledgment of God.”
Alabama’s nine-member Court of the Judiciary removed Moore Thursday for defiance of a federal judge’s order to move his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the state courthouse.
After the ruling, Moore said the case is “about whether or not we can acknowledge God as the source of our law and our liberty. That’s all I’ve done. I’ve been found guilty.”
Moore and his attorneys have not decided whether to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court, spokeswoman Jessica Atteberry told WorldNetDaily. If the ruling stands, Gov. Bob Riley will appoint a new chief justice.
Attebury said the proposed legislation is the announcement Moore mentioned last week that “could alter the course of this country.”
Moore said he is proposing legislation under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, which grants Congress the power to limit the jurisdiction of the lower federal courts and to make any exceptions and regulations of the appellate jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court as it deems necessary.
He said he has been advised not to release the complete details of the legislation until Congress convenes in the new year.
“As I have traveled through Alabama in the past several days, I have been greatly moved by the outpouring of support,” he said. “I want to thank the people of Alabama for their support and for electing me to be their chief justice.”
Atteberry said Moore will soon announce details of an agreement he has made with a group organizing a speaking tour across the nation.
“I look forward to continuing to speak to the people of the state of Alabama and the nation on the importance of the acknowledgment of God in our country,” he said.
As WorldNetDaily reported, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ordered removal of the washing machine-sized monument on Aug. 5, ruling it violates the Constitution’s ban on government establishment of religion.
Moore refused to remove the monument, declaring, “The point is, it’s not about violation of order, it’s about violation of my oath of office. And my oath of office to the Constitution requires an acknowledgment of God,” he said. “It’s that simple.”
On Aug. 28, state workers moved the monument from the rotunda of the Judicial Building to a non-public back room.
Editor’s note: “THE MYTH OF CHURCH-STATE SEPARATION” – the special November edition of WND’s acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine – documents conclusively that the modern legal doctrine of “separation of church and state” is the work of activist judges, and has utterly no basis in the Constitution.
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.