Judge Roy Moore, also known as the Ten Commandments judge and Republican candidate for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, told an audience yesterday that homosexual marriage will bring the demise of our nation.
“Same sex marriage will be the ultimate destruction of our country because it destroys the very foundation upon which this nation is based,” he stated. “Divisive — I’ve been accused of being divisive. I’ll tell you what’s divisive. It’s this Democratic platform.”
“[W]e’ve got to go back to the U.S. Constitution. We’ve got to go back to the acknowledgement of God for very basic, relative reasons,” Moore continued. “People have forgotten why we need God. But let me tell you, without God, you have no rights.”
Moore was speaking to a local Tea Party gathering of approximately 100 individuals from Dekalb County.
Next month, Moore is poised to regain his seat on the Alabama Supreme Court, from which he was removed in 2003.
As previously reported, after being elected in 2000, Moore came under fire when he arranged for a two-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments to be displayed in the rotunda of the state Supreme Court building. He was slammed with two lawsuits from three separate groups: the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Civil rights attorney Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center soon emerged as the central opponent to Moore’s display, arguing that the chief justice “placed this monument here to acknowledge the sovereignty of God over the affairs of men.”
Moore agreed with the sentiment and refused to back down, even when ordered to do so by district and circuit courts judges. During his revocation hearing in November 2003, Moore firmly defended his decision to place the Ten Commandments in the courthouse, declaring, “Without God there can be no ethics.” However, the assistant state attorney general argued that Moore’s defiance would have an adverse impact on how others treated court orders. “What message does that send to the public, to other litigants?,” he asked. “The message it sends is: If you don’t like a court order, you don’t have to follow it.”
On August 23, 2003, a unanimous panel of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary removed Judge Moore from the bench.
However, in his bid for re-election, the people have largely stood behind Moore, making his return to the Alabama Supreme Court highly likely.
Moore notes, though, that he will not display the Ten Commandments if and when he is elected.
“I would not return the Ten Commandments because it would be more about me, and I think that would be detrimental to the true issue,” he explained. “The true issue is whether we can acknowledge the sovereignty of Almighty God over the affairs of our state and our law.”