Recently ousted Chief Justice Roy Moore owes Alabama the $7,000 it cost to move his Ten Commandments monument into a storage room, asserts the state’s acting Chief Justice Gorman Houston.
Roy Moore (Photo: WSFA.com)
At a news conference today, Houston said Moore had agreed to costs of moving the 5,300 pound granite monument in and out of the Alabama Judicial Building where Moore installed it two years ago.
Moore fired back with a statement, however, insisting it is Houston who cost Alabama an unnecessary expense by being so anxious to move it out of public view.
Alabama’s nine-member Court of the Judiciary removed Moore Thursday for defiance of a federal judge’s order to move the monument from the rotunda of the state courthouse.
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.
On Monday, Moore announced he is proposing federal legislation to reassert the power he insists Congress already has to limit the jurisdiction of federal courts.
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.