Judge Roy Moore Insists God's Law Stands Alone
by Allie Martin
Alabama's embattled chief justice says he would not consider displaying his granite monument of the Ten Commandments in a historical context surrounded by documents such as the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
Shortly after the 5,280-pound granite Ten Commandments monolith was removed from public view in the rotunda of the Alabama judicial building, legal experts encouraged Moore to surround it with other historical documents. Experts said that would make it difficult for groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union to object to the monument's public display.
But Moore says he would not consider displaying the monument in such a manner. He feels that the suggestion to put historical objects around it is foolish, and would only serve to obscure the significance of the Ten Commandments -- the whole point of the display.
"Will I surround them with a bunch of documents? -- absolutely not. The Ten Commandments stands for the moral foundation of the law, and to acknowledge that moral foundation, you must acknowledge its source, which is the God of the holy scriptures," Moore says.
The chief justice, who was suspended last month for defying a federal court order to remove the display, has been traveling around the country and speaking about his case. He says in his travels he has seen how his cause has rallied Christians.
"I think people across the nation are upset by the fact that judges have decided to lock God's law in a closet. We live in a strange time, where everything else is coming out of the closet, and the only thing going in is the Word of God. And I think we recognize that if anything should come out of the closet now, it's God's Word -- of course, God's not to be contained in a closet anyway," Moore says.
The Alabama judge encourages Christians nationwide to contact their elected officials and let them know that they support the acknowledgement of God in the public square. Meanwhile, he has offered his Ten Commandments monument to Congress for public display in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.