Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore Sneaks Ten Commandments Display into Rotunda

Alabama's Chief Justice Roy Moore Sneaks Ten Commandments Display into Rotunda

Roy Moore, 2003

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Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, unveils a four-foot-tall, 5,000+ pound granite display of the Commandments which has been installed in the rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building.

Roy Moore knows that such overt preferential treatment for his religion will get negative reactions, so he sneaks in the monument in the middle of the night and doesn't tell any of the other justices on the state Supreme Court. The ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State immediately start investigating legal actions they can take.

In a ceremony held the next day, Roy Moore says:

"To restore morality, we must first recognize the source from which all morality springs. From our earliest history in 1776 when we were declared to be the United States of America, our forefathers recognized the sovereignty of God. ...

When I ran for the office of chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, I made a pledge to restore the moral foundation of law. May this day mark the beginning of the restoration of the moral foundation of law to our people and a return to the knowledge of God in our land."

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