An Alabama congressman's bill allowing for government displays of the Ten Commandments is an affront to the First Amendment and unworthy of any consideration by Congress, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Complying with a federal court order, Alabama officials this morning removed a two-ton Ten Commandments monument from public display in the Judicial Building in Montgomery.
The action puts an end to defiance by Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore, who originally arranged for the monument's display in August of 2001, had vowed to defy federal court orders mandating its removal.
A new lawsuit intended to keep a Ten Commandments monument displayed in the Alabama Judicial Building is certain to fail, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In yet another desperate ploy to keep a 5,280-pound Decalogue monument within the rotunda of the Judicial Building in Montgomery, supporters of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore today filed a lawsuit in federal district court.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's attempt to defy the federal courts and keep a Ten Commandments display in the state Judicial Building may be nearing an end, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Moore's colleagues on the Alabama Supreme Court made it known today that they are not backing their chief justice's obstinacy. In a unanimous order issued this morning, the eight associate justices of the court instructed the manager of the judicial building to "take all steps necessary to comply with the injunction as soon as practicable."
The U.S. Supreme Court today turned away another last-ditch effort by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to thwart a federal court order that he remove his granite Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial Building.
This morning Moore filed a request with the Supreme Court to block U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson's order that the granite Ten Commandments be removed from the rotunda of the judicial building by Aug. 20. Thompson's order indicated that if Moore refused to comply, he could be found in contempt of court and substantial fines could be levied against the state.
Elected officials from Rhode Island this week lambasted the Bush administration's abandonment of church-state separation at an annual celebration of President George Washington's commitment to religious liberty.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's defiance of a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial Building is shameless grandstanding, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Moore's lawyers today filed writs with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the justices to block the court order to remove the monument.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore must not be allowed to defy a federal court order requiring the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial Building, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Americans United and allied organizations filed the lawsuit that resulted in a federal court order mandating removal of the 5,280-pound granite monument by Aug. 20.
At a press conference today, Moore promised to ignore the court ruling.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has called on Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to dismiss two attorneys he chose to defend Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in a lawsuit over a Ten Commandments display.
Pryor named D. Stephen Melchior and Herbert W. Titus as "deputy attorneys general" to defend Moore after the chief justice was sued in October of 2001 for displaying the Ten Commandments in the lobby of the Judicial Building in Montgomery.
A federal judge today ordered Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove an enormous Ten Commandments monument from the lobby of the state Judicial Building.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson lifted his stay and began enforcement of his decision that the religious display violates the First Amendment. Moore now has until Aug. 20 to remove the monument, Thompson's order stated.