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Refusing to Remove the Ten Commandments from a State Building-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor The eRumor encourages
support for Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore who was ordered
by a U.S. appeals court to remove The Ten Commandments from a state
The judge has refused to remove it.
The story is true.
Judge Moore was suspended from his post and
charged with six ethics violations for refusing to remove the granite
monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court
building by August 20, 2003.
On November 13, 2004, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary expelled
Moore from his position as Chief Justice.
It all began in 1995 when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
sued Moore for his practice of opening court sessions in prayer and
for a hand-carved wooden plaque of the Ten Commandments that hangs
in his courtroom.
They said it violates the First Amendment of the U.S. constitution.
At the time, Moore was a state circuit court judge but he was later
elected as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.
In 2001, he had a 5,280-pound granite monument of The Ten
Commandments placed in the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Moore says no taxpayer money was used to purchase or place the
In October of 2001, the Alabama ACLU and Americans United for
Separation of Church and State filed suit demanding that the granite
monument be removed.
A U.S. District court judge ordered Moore to remove the monument,
but he refused saying that to do so would violate his oath of office
because he has vowed to uphold the law, the foundation of which is
The Ten Commandments.
Then the case went to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which
ordered the August 20 removal date and threatened fines of $5,000
per day for the first week with that amount doubling each week
last updated 11/13/03
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Judge Moore has said he will not remove the monument.
He said to do so would violate his oath of office to the Alabama
Constitution which specifically declares the state laws to be under God,
and would grant jurisdiction to a federal court which is acting beyond
the scope of its lawful jurisdiction.
Demonstrate your support for Judge Moore and at the same time show
support for a Citizen's Rights Act which would take away the Federal
court's jurisdiction with any case involving the Ten Commandments, the
National Motto, or the Pledge of Allegiance!
Few Americans know that Article III, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution
provides Congress with both the authority and responsibility to regulate
the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts.
A Citizen's Rights Act will prohibit the federal courts from making any
ruling concerning the Pledge of Allegiance, National Motto, and the
display of the Ten Commandments in or upon government-owned property.
The liberal federal judge has ordered the monument removed by Wednesday,
August 20. Help us get one million signatures in support of Judge Moore
before that date. Time is of the essence.
Take the following actions:
Click here to support Judge Moore and encourage Congress to stop the
tyranny of liberal federal judges by passing the Citizen's Rights Act!
Forward this e-mail message to at least 10 of your
family and friends, encouraging their support. Let's show Judge Moore we
are behind him all the way!
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