Alabama’s infamous anti-gay, “Ten Commandments” judge seems to think ethics complaints against him are politically motivated and should be dropped.
Spare a thought for Roy Moore.
Moore likely thought that as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court he’d finally have the authority to enforce God’s moral law. Theocracy has, after all, been the raison d’etre of his career. But our secular legal system – or Satan, depending on who you ask – has thwarted him at every turn.
Many people consider persistence to be a virtue. But is it always?
It depends on what you’re being persistent about. A crusading attorney who spends 10 years bringing a polluting corporation to justice will be called a hero. An obsessed ex-boyfriend who stalks a former lover may go to jail.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has attempted yet again to halt marriage equality in his state.
On Jan. 6, Moore issued an order seemingly out of nowhere that ordered Alabama probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples; the order also stated that an Alabama constitutional amendment and a law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples remain in force – even though federal courts have struck them down.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore last week tried, once again, to block marriage equality in that state.
Editor’s Note: Amanda Scott is an activist for church-state separation in a tough state – Alabama. Scott, a member of Americans United’s Youth Advisory Council, is currently studying to be a paralegal and hopes to become an attorney. She spoke with Church & State recently about her work on behalf of freedom of conscience in the heart of the Bible Belt.
Q. How did you get interested in advocating for separation of church and state?
Stickers with biblical verses will no longer be attached to police cars in an Alabama county, thanks to Americans United.
The Houston County Sheriff’s Department put stickers on its vehicles that read “Blessed Are The Peacemakers,” a Bible verse from Matthew 5:9. That message encircled the official badge of the department. After Americans United got word of this clear instance of government endorsing religion, it sent a complaint letter to the sheriff’s department in early August. (The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation later sent a letter as well.)
The Dadeville, Ala., City Council is considering an ordinance to ban saggy pants and revealing clothing, and some members claim the move is divinely inspired.
Council Member Frank Goodman said he drafted the ordinance after praying to God for a solution to the problem. “I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it. What would God do? Did God go around doing this?” he told the Daily Beast website. “He would show me this saggy pant – it’s one of the things He did not do. It is not in His orders to do that to gain eternal life.”