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Roy Moore Has Always Believed He’s Above The Law

Back in the late 1990s when Roy Moore was a local judge in Etowah County, Ala., he was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union for opening courtroom sessions with prayer and displaying a hand-carved Ten Commandments monument in his courtroom.

Moore had garnered national attention with his vow to defy any ruling against him, and his defenders thought the time was right to bring him to Washington, D.C., for a press conference.

Trump Religious Adviser Robert Jeffress Has Questions. We’ve Got Answers.

There are many bad things about Donald Trump’s presidency, but one of the worst is that it has thrust people like Pastor Robert Jeffress into the national spotlight.

Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, was one of any number of far-right theocrats with a smidgen of regional notoriety at best until he hitched himself to Trump’s campaign. Now, as one of Trump’s inner circle of religious advisers, Jeffress is much loved by the Fox News Channel and appears there regularly.

Texas County Officials Refuse AU’s Request To Remove Ten Commandments Marker

Officials in a Texas county said they will not remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from county property.

Americans United, responding to a local complaint, in January sent Nueces County officials a letter informing them that the Ten Commandments monument on the courthouse lawn was an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion, and demanded the Decalogue be removed.

Ten Commandments Monument Removed From Pittsburgh-Area Public High School

I recently heard some interesting news from my hometown in suburban Pittsburgh: A Ten Commandments monument that was the subject of a federal court battle has been removed from the grounds of a public high school.

N.H. Town Plans To Restore Decalogue Monument To Park

A Ten Commandments monument in Somersworth, N.H., was restored to city property in November after being toppled by vandals.

The city hired a firm that specializes in stonework to replace the monument.

“They did an excellent job and were able to install the base and make a solid connection,” Public Works Director Mike Bobinsky told the Foster’s Democrat newspaper. Bobinsky said a special crane was used and reinforcement was added to the base. A curb was also put around the monument.

N.M. Ten Commandments Monument Unconstitutional, Says Federal Appeals Court

A New Mexico city’s display of a Ten Commandments monument violates the separation of church and state, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The monument in the city of Bloomfield was erected in 2011 at the behest of a former member of the city council. Although local churches made donations to pay for it, the council arranged for the monument’s display in front of city hall.

In 2012, two Wiccan city residents  filed suit, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Roy Moore In The U.S. Senate? Yes, It Could Happen.

If U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is confirmed as U.S. attorney general, his seat in the Senate will be open. The governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley (R), will have to a name a replacement to fill out the rest of Sessions’ term, which expires in 2020. 

Bentley is getting a head start on things by interviewing potential replacements. One of the names on his short list may surprise you: It’s Roy Moore.

I’m Excited To Join The Americans United Team!

Editor’s Note: Liz Hayes is Americans United’s new assistant director of communications. In this blog post, she explains what motivated her to want to work for Americans United.

I was born, raised and worked as a journalist for nearly 15 years in western Pennsylvania in the suburbs of Pittsburgh – the politically purple borderlands where liberalism drains into the conservative rural vastness that smears the center of the state red.

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