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Moore opposes commandments plan

The Birmingham News
Sep. 9, 2003
Vivi Abrams • Wednesday September 10, 2003

Says proposed display would `deny the greatness of God’

Judge Roy Moore said Monday he disapproves of a proposal to display a plaque of the Ten Commandments at the Capitol that would surround it with other historic and secular foundations of law.

“To put things around the Ten Commandments and secularize it is to deny the greatness of God,” he said.

Moore spoke at a fund-raising banquet held by the Foundation for Moral Law Inc. The banquet drew close to 1,500 people at $35 to $55 a plate to raise money for Moore’s legal defense fund.

Evangelist Joyce Meyer spoke at the dinner and praised Moore for his stand. The foundation was formed in December 2002. They are helping pay for Moore’s bills incurred in resisting a federal order to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the state Judicial Building. Organizers hope to raise $2 million in the next year.

Moore said he has been spending the past few weeks since being suspended from his job as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court coordinating with his attorneys.

They plan to petition the United States Supreme Court this month to overturn the decision to remove the monument. Moore also said he expects a reinstatement hearing for his job to be set in October.

He said he now feels that moving the monument was part of God’s plan.

“When they put that monument in that closet and turned that key, (God) opened the hearts of the world,” he said.

He said he’s not planning on campaigning for other religions to display their symbols in public places.

“It’s my responsibility to display the moral foundation of our nation,” he said. “We’re not a nation founded by Hindu or Buddha or Mohammed.”

Attendee Rochelle Neely, 39, of Pinson, said she also went to a Montgomery rally supporting the monument the weekend before it was moved.

“I really don’t want to see our religious freedoms taken away from us,” she said. “If we don’t take a stand we’re going to get railroaded.”

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