Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Rights and Reason: Ala. Ten Commandments Group Holds Vigil

Saw this report by Bob Johnson of the AP:

Supporters of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore held a candlelight vigil early Wednesday, hoping to convince state and federal leaders that his Ten Commandments monument should not be removed from the state judicial building.

Nine pastors led some 30 worshippers from across the country in prayer just after midnight.

"Even if they should remove this monument--and God forbid they do--they'll never be able to remove it from our hearts," said the Rev. Greg Dixon of Indianapolis Baptist Temple.

Moore later reiterated his refusal to move the 5,300-pound monument by the deadline, set by a federal judge, of midnight Wednesday.

"This case is not about a monument, it's not about politics or religion, it's about the acknowledgment of God," he said during an interview on CBS' "The Early Show."

"We must acknowledge God because our constitution says our justice system is established upon God. For (the judge) to say 'I can't say who God is' is to disestablish the justice system of this state."
That's an interesting statement by Roy Moore. I checked my copy of the constitution and found no mention of "God" (there is mention that the constitution was "done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven," but I don't think that establishes the Lord as the foundation of the American system of justice).

I did find this in Article III, Section One however:

The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.
Maybe Moore thinks Congress is Lord almighty, as they "ordain and establish" the lower courts. Hmmmm . . .

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