Trump Meets With Judge on SCOTUS Shortlist Who Prosecuted ‘Ten Commandments’ Judge Roy Moore

WASHINGTON — Just two weeks before he is expected to announce his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Donald Trump met on Saturday with one of the judges stated to be on his shortlist: Judge William Pryor, a former Alabama attorney general who prosecuted “Ten Commandments Judge” Roy Moore in 2003, and who vowed not to seek to overturn Roe v. Wade despite his personal beliefs during his confirmation hearing to the federal appeals circuit.

Those with knowledge of the meeting confirmed the discussion with the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity since it had not been made public by the incoming administration. Trump advised last week that he will likely announce his replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia within the first two weeks of taking office.

“I have a list of 20. I have gone through them. We’ve met with numerous candidates. They’re outstanding in every case,” he said at a press conference on Jan. 11.

Last February, following Scalia’s sudden death, Trump had cited Pryor, who currently sits on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, as being a possible replacement.


As previously reported, Pryor is most known for his prosecution of Roy Moore in 2003 over his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court. Pryor’s comments to Moore during his trial focused more on Moore’s refusal to stop acknowledging God as chief justice.

“[Y]our understanding is that the federal court ordered that you could not acknowledge God; isn’t that right?” Pryor asked. “And if you resume your duties as chief justice after this proceeding, you will continue to acknowledge God as you have testified that you would today?”

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“That’s right,” Moore replied.

“No matter what any other official says?” Pryor asked.

“Absolutely,” Moore stated. “Let me clarify that. Without an acknowledgment of God, I cannot do my duties. I must acknowledge God. It says so in the Constitution of Alabama. It says so in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It says so in everything I have read.”

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As Moore continued to stand his ground, he was ordered by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary to be “removed from his position of Supreme Court justice of Alabama.”

Moore was re-elected by the people in 2012 to resume his duties as chief justice.


The same year, Pryor, who identifies as Roman Catholic, was nominated by then-President George W. Bush to serve on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. During his confirmation hearing, he advised that although he personally believes that abortion is “the taking of innocent human life” and therefore “morally wrong,” he would not seek to overturn Roe v. Wade as a federal judge.

“[M]y record as attorney general shows that I am able to put aside my personal beliefs and follow the law, even when I strongly disagree with it, to look carefully at precedents and to do my duty,” he advised.

“So even though you disagree with Roe v. Wade, you would act in accordance with Roe v. Wade on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals?” asked Sen. Orrin Hatch.

“Even though I strongly disagree with Roe v. Wade, I have acted in accordance with it as attorney general and would continue to do so as a court of appeals judge,” he said.

When questioned further by a skeptical Sen. Chuck Schumer about the matter, Pryor outlined that he had urged a colleague to refrain from seeking to overturn Roe, advising him not to “present that question to the [Supreme] Court.”

“This is what we have a hard time squaring—myself, I think some others,” Schumer said. “If you believe that Roe is the worst abomination in the history of constitutional law, it would seem to me to directly follow that you would want the Court to reverse Roe. It is a contradiction. You just said a minute ago that you believe that is still the case, and now you are saying you would not endorse the court reversing it. It does not add up.”

“Well, Senator,” Pryor replied, “all I can tell you is that the last time the court had that opportunity, I urged my colleague not to present that question to the court.”

Pryor was also a part of an appeals court opinion in 2011 that refused relief to a Christian woman who had been forced out of her counseling studies at Augusta State University after she declined to go through a “remediation program” that included sensitivity training and attending homosexual pride events.

Most recently, Pryor was the author of a ruling that was favorable toward the formation of a “gay-straight” alliance at a Florida middle school.


While some professing Christians have expressed support for Trump’s potential nomination of Pryor, others have objected in light of his statements and actions.

As previously reported, Jay Sekulow of the American Center of Law and Justice (ACLJ) said on Fox & Friends last month, “I look at some of the potential nominees, like Bill Pryor from the 11th Circuit, Diane Sykes and others—these are judges that have a proven track record, they have a proven judicial philosophy, and there’s no reason not to select a nominee.”

But the legal group Public Advocate put out a statement last week advising, “Public Advocate opposes Pryor because as a judge, Pryor has a long track record of ruling against Christians and in support of the radical left.”

The Personhood Alliance also remarked in a public statement on Monday that it was “troubled by the characterization of Judge Pryor as a conservative.”

“Not only did Judge Pryor personally prosecute Alabama Judge Roy Moore over his display of the Ten Commandments as attorney general of Alabama, but once he became a federal appeals judge, he issued rulings extending special rights to transgender people while refusing to recognize the religious liberty rights of Christians,” said President Daniel Becker.

“With his track record, we cannot risk having him on the court as we await the Supreme Court to deliberate on the cases considering the rights of children to be protected in their school bathrooms,” he stated.

Others included on Trump’s Supreme Court list include Steven Colloton, Allison Eid, Thomas Lee, Diane Sykes and Don Willett.

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  • Judy Zwyghuizen

    This would be a great one for “TRUMP” to hire he is a god fearing good christian and got fired for it! so he also need’s a good job this judge was compleatly wrong for embarrassing him for being a Christian and should repent later for this if not he will be by the true Judge of all man kind Himself! he will have to answer for what he’s done to someone higher than himself GOD.

    • Judy Zwyghuizen

      This Judge is not the almighty!

  • NCOriolesFan

    Please Trump select Moore over Pryor.

    • Please Trump select Moore over Pryor? Yeah sure, Trump cares about Christians , a man who claims he doesn’t need to ask God for forgiveness and rejects Jesus as his Savior, he has never once said I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior only that a wolf in sheep clothing( Paula White) that serves Satan and denies Jesus is God’s only begotten Son” has supposedly brought Trump to Jesus, even though the first thing Christ told his followers,to,watch for before he returns is to make sure no man deceives you.

    • Yet, here you are deceived by a MAN ( TRUMP), who claims THE GREATEST Thing about him is that he’s RICH! . Made it clear he supports Gay Marriage to a degree on LIVE TV, supports Transgender Bathrooms and promised to be a champion for the LGBT, the same LGBT that wants to take away Christian rights in this country -_-

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    America needs Ten Commandments to live and not die.

    • Charles

      The whole World needs the Lord Jesus Christ..

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Yes, the world needs Jesus Christ; He alone is the Saviour and Lord. Seeing the USA attacking the Christianity is like seeing an evil kid trying to destroy his own good parents. It’s more disgusting than the ancient Israel that betrayed her Lord. American Christians must not be subdued by the tyrannical Sodomites in the land; it’s the slavery-by-immorality and badly affects many nations on earth. Human beings must never be oppressed for refusing to support abnormal immorality, but that’s what the white men’s Post-christendom and its mental slaves are doing in the world, against God’s truth. Freedom is for upholding the truth. Christianity is good and right, and secular Western values are immoral and destructive. The West needs Christianity to be proper again.

    • True, which would include the fourth Commandment which the entire Western world has seem to have forgotten every Sunday…

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Yes, Western world must stop blaspheming God right away. It is too destructive upon all the Western children. There is neither sanity or morality in the West apart from Christianity. Thank God that other regions have gained power not to submit to West’s Sodomic culture. We need some air to breathe.

  • JimSmith

    Pryor is a non-starter. Many Christians came out to vote ONLY because Trump promised to select a SCOTUS judge who would overturn Roe and protect Christians. Please President Trump choose Moore!

  • Becky

    President Trump is for homosexual rights that trump Christian rights.

  • pastriesqueen

    Wasn’t Romney on the short list of SOS? Hmm, hopefully, the meeting with this judge will end up like Romney’s.

  • Without an acknowledgment of God, I cannot do my duties. I must acknowledge God. It says so in the Constitution of Alabama. It says so in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It says so in everything I have read.

    This is a stunning lack of knowledge, logic, and understanding the Constitution of the U.S. and Moore’s position as an arm of the government. At issue here is; how can Moore officially recognize Christianity at the expense of all other religions and those who are not bound to any?

    Apparently, it isn’t clear to Moore what “free exercise of religion” means. It does NOT mean the free exercise only of Christianity, but of all religions.

    This appears to apply to Alabama’s unnecessary religious freedom amendment as well.

    SECTION VI. (a) This amendment applies to all government rules and implementations thereof, whether statutory or otherwise, and whether adopted before or after the effective date of this amendment.

    (b) Nothing in this amendment shall be construed to authorize any government to burden any religious belief.

    (c) Nothing in this amendment shall be construed to affect, interpret, or in any way address those portions of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution permitting the free exercise of religion or prohibiting laws respecting the establishment of religion, or those provisions of Article I, Section 3, of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, regarding the establishment of religion.

    Note that (b) refers to government, which includes all government agents. Moore IS/WAS a government agent. Therefore, for him to acknowledge, in his official capacity, any particular religion exclusively is, without a doubt, a violation of the the constitution in that it burdens the religious freedom of all citizens who believe differently–they are excluded from official acknowledgement and recognition.

    It matters not that Moore believes his religion is the only true religion and therefore “free exercise” means freedom to exercise Christianity exclusively. As a government agent, he is barred from exercising that religious belief. As a private citizen not working in an official capacity, he is allowed. He can even erect a 10 Commandments monument on his own property if he wishes and bow his head in prayer anywhere at anytime–as can any other citizen.