Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us.
“They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he continued. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”
He then noted that he loves talking to lawyers, because he is a lawyer who went to “a secular law school,” so he knows that “in the law, [talking about God] just isn’t politically correct.” He claimed that this is why America has “lost its way,” and that he would be publishing a pamphlet “this week, maybe next” that contained copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, thereby proving that all the people “who found this nation — black, white, all people, all religions, all faiths” knew that America was “about God.”
Chief Justice Moore later defined “life” via Blackstone’s Law — a book that American lawyers have “sadly forgotten” — as beginning when “the baby kicks.” “Today,” he said, “our courts say it’s not alive ’til the head comes out.”
“Now,” he continued, “if technology’s supposed to increase our knowledge, how did we become so stupid?” Discussing Thomas Jefferson’s use of “life” in the Declaration of Independence, he said that “when [Jefferson] put ‘life’ in there, it was in the womb — we know it begins at conception. Why aren’t we going the right way instead of the wrong way?”
He later said that “you can’t be happy unless you follow God’s law, and if you follow God’s law, you can’t help but be happy.”
“It’s all about God,” he continued. “We’ve made ‘life’ a decision taken by man,” he said, and “taken ‘liberty,’ and converted it to ‘licentiousness. We’ve taken ‘pursuit of happiness,’ and reduced it to materialism.”
Unfortunately for the State of Alabama, its Chief Justice is ignorant of the law as it has been interpreted by the Supreme Court in a case involving Alabama, namely WALLACE v. JAFFREE, 472 U.S. 38 (1985):
"At one time it was thought that this right merely proscribed the preference of one Christian sect over another, but would not require equal respect for the conscience of the infidel, the atheist, or the adherent of a non-Christian faith such as Islam or Judaism. But when the underlying principle has been examined in the crucible of litigation, the Court has unambiguously concluded that the individual freedom of conscience protected by the First Amendment embraces the right to select any religious faith or none at all. This conclusion derives support not only from the interest in respecting the individual's freedom of conscience, but also from the conviction that religious beliefs worthy of respect are the product of free and voluntary choice by the faithful."
Allan, may I post this on Twitter?
Yes, of course. I don't tweet myself.
A mass influx of emails or other forms of protests is effective, Not in changing the minds of bigots, but in providing those who disagree with him in his own neighborhood courage to take action at the ballot box. It is so terribly difficult to stand alone against one's neighbor in philosophical matters. With outside support, some may stand up in opposition.
Also, when going to court on some matter, is it possible to not go to a known bigot judge? Some legal opinion needed here.
He was removed once. He had a large stone monument placed outside the courthouse with the Ten Commandments on it. He was ordered to remove it by a federal judge and refused to do so. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary then removed him from office. He was elected Chief Justice after a ten year absence during which he tried to run for governor of Alabama and president without much success in either endeavor.
It's a strange case. The people of Alabama would not support him for governor or in the presidential primary, but they did support him for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, an elected position in the state. My reading of it is that they were willing to thumb their noses at those opposed to bringing religion into the courthouse, but not willing to go so far as to elect him to an office where he could do administrative damage.
Moore has enunciated a principle that sits well with Alabamians—that the law of God is superior to the law of man and consequently anything which places the Constitution or other man-made laws above the law of God is null and void, at least in Alabama.
What is Neo-liberal about it?
This man is a real idiot!
I read something else the other day about a woman who claimed she was christian and she believed in standing her ground. What the hell is this facination with Jesus and guns?
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