Arguments Heard in Alabama 10 Commandments Case

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  1. Cindy

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    Oct 27, 2000
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    (Montgomery, Alabama-AP) -- A federal appeals panel has
    questioned whether it's permissible for a Ten Commandments
    monument to stay in the Alabama state Supreme Court building.
    The judges asked if the 52-hundred-pound monument is
    effectively advancing a specific Christian religion through the
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore sneaked the
    monument in at night two summers ago. His attorney says the
    Constitution only prohibits Congress from making laws about the
    establishment of religion. He says it doesn't say anything about
    a judge putting a monument in his courthouse. He also argued that
    God is the "source of law and liberty" and the Ten Commandments
    are the basis for the Declaration of Independence and the
    But the opposing side argues that Moore represents the
    government and a specific religion and is trying to push the Ten
    Commandments down the public's throat.
    The judges will take between a few weeks and several months
    to rule, and both sides have said they'll appeal if they lose.
  2. fromtheright

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    Feb 21, 2002
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    Personally I think Moore is a charlatan who is looking for political gain out of this, perhaps the road to Governor, but I don't think what he did violates the Establishment clause. I also think he is way off (regardless of the prerogative the law may give him for decorating the building) in claiming this is his courthouse.

    A granite brick with God's name on it hardly constitutes an establishment of religion. The plaintiffs are claiming that the monument makes them "feel" that they cannot receive justice in Alabama's Supreme Court with that monument there. I really don't care about their "feelings"--the question is whether they in fact are receiving justice. If not, then they certainly have an ethics complaint against Moore or whoever but this still doesn't constitute an establishment of religion.

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