Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alabama:Denying Human Rights Since 1819

[Judge Roy] Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, doesn't seem to believe that judicial orders, including those issued by the Supreme Court of the United States, should be followed if he disagrees with them. [A] federal judge in Alabama struck down the ban on gay marriage, as judges have done recently in more than a dozen other states, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to put the ruling on hold.  

Back in 2003, Moore refused to remove a 2-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments that he had installed in the state judicial building — even after a federal appeals court ruled it was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. His defiance cost him his job when an ethics panel found he had "placed himself above the law." Moore managed to get re-elected in 2012, and he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Yet now he has told lower-level judges to follow in his destructive footsteps. This time the issue is same-sex marriage, but the principle is the same: respect for the rule of law.  (USA Today)

"The claim of divine law to extend to the whole of human experience makes a mockery of the distinction between public and private and its constitutional offspring, the separation of church and state."Ivan Kenneally, Reason, Revelation, and American Theocracy Rightly Understood


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