Roy Moore, the 'Ten Commandments Judge'

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Roy Moore, aka the "Ten Commandments Judge" who declared his Presidential exploratory committee for a 2012 run, is mostly infamous for a heartfelt political stunt.

He's the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who secretly installed a five-ton granite rock carved with the Ten Commandments into the state courthouse one night. He refused to get rid of it even when ordered to by a federal judge, which ultimately got him fired. Moore then traveled the country with his rock, billing himself as a hero to the Christian right. He truly, fervently believes in the power of the Rock. He also calls himself a "Constitutionalist." (In case you were wondering, the exact phrase "Separation of Church and State" is not in the Constitution).

Moore is a fascinating guy. Joshua Green at the Atlantic had fun writing this profile of him (and his rock) in 2005. His run-in with the federal government angered him enough that he developed serious political ambitions. After getting sacked, Moore made an unsuccessful bid for the governorship of Alabama in 2006 and again 2010, neither time making it very far.

In 2005, Moore published an autobiographical book, titled So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom. You can guess what it's about.

If he makes it to the GOP primary, he'll going after the evangelical vote, clearly. But the Republican field is already crowded with candidates trying to appeal to the religious Right this time around: Huckabee, Bachmann, Paul, Cain, Pawlenty and Santorum - and it's only April 2011.

He might not care, but Moore will have a tough time winning over the two thirds of the American population who believe in the separation of Church and State, a number published in a 2010 poll by the First Amendment Center.

Moore didn't spend the cash he's raised on making a video to go along with his announcement of an exploratory committee, but you can watch him on YouTube explaining his choice to run on WHO Radio. This segment starts out with doomsday score playing underneath a recording of Moore losing his job as Chief Judge.


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Comments [1]

Harrison Bergeron from Fair lawn NJ

This is a little off topic:

I am not religious, but I try to understand and respect other people's belief systems. Also, I often browse through my copy of the Constitution.

Note that the first sentance of the first amendment states: "Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free excercise thereof; ...". Note particularly the phrase: "or prohibiting the free excercise thereof".

Note also that today our society is so evenly divided, that in two of the past three presidential elections, the popular vote was so close that the margin of error was probably greater than the margin of victory.

In rural Alabama, maybe three quarters of the people believe in God, Moses, and The Ten Commandments. Three quarters is a pretty clear majority by today's standards. If they are happy with a replica of the Ten Commandment tablets on their town property, then let it be.

Big Brother was wrong:

Amendment 1: "... or prohibiting the free excercise ..." (of religion).

Amendment 10: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People".

Apr. 22 2011 09:10 PM

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